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Sunday, January 1, 1939 Pleasant 

A candle burning in every window if the Inn lighted 
in the New Year.. at - thg W ^ nyoidc -t^hh iiss tan Dleffenbach, guest 
and '.liss Fielding hostess, welco.:ed the Nev; Year 'n, sitting 
quietly before the open fire in the Bar-roor, 

I^onday, January 2, 1939 Pleasant 

This Chr' stinas and New Year season has g'ven us four 
■ • holidays. This is because Christinas day fell on Sunday. ;<.onday 

was the official holiday. So today we are having the New Year 
holiday and serving dinner all through the day fron 12 noon unt^'.l 
8 P. In, We have found th^t the nuT.iber of gupsts- for each of the 
• four days has not varied .n any great degree. Prnctically the 

sair.e number were served on each day, 

' Tuesday, January 3, 1939 Snow flurries 

• , AjI at the Wayside Inn have felt a thrill over the news 
^.i seen in a local newspaper, that Larry Gardner, one of the graduates 
*^'- of the Viayside Inn Boys School has inherited |250,000. Ihe newspaper 

account tells us that Larry's father died in Chicago last July, 
^ - Larry had not seen his father for over 15 years and was separated 

^ ■' froir; hiii! at that ti.T.e. In the ';eantir'.e, the father had gone West and 

struck oil and inade still iuore r.oney 'n :j nlng nterests. The Will 
£• stated that Larry is not to receive the ..oney until he : s 25 years 

old. He is now 21 and enrolled ;v"th the U. S. ;..arine3 at PortSuOuth, 

# N. H. He has coL.e back to the Inn fro., t .-.e to t .. e when on furlough 

* I and looks very handso.e In his un'for . He Is a nice looking boy and 

it is the belief of those who know hv: well that he will rake good 
use of his s^iall fortunel 

Wednesday, January 4, 1939 Partly cloudy 

• The talk g'ven by Betty Crocker on the radio is still beng 
talked about by various peopie wh- heard it. Recently we received a 
letter written b^ a :., nister's wife 'n Brighton, Ontario. After hearing 
Betty Crocker she decided to give a course of poetry on Longfellow's 
Wayside Inn in her "Study Circle", i iss Crocker advised her to write 

I . to us for further nfor;. ation. 


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Thursday, January 5, 1939 


It is bad luck, according to an old tradition , to keep up 
Christ-nas decorations after January 6th. For the past three days 
our greens and trir.nn'.ngs which looked no beaufiful and fresh last 
week have slowly disappeared. Today they are shedding tiny specks 
of green and the wreaths have s "worn" look. Every window In the 
Inn had a wreath - as the picture shows - hiade by the boys in the 

Friday, January 6, 1939 


A young wo.oan guest, on seeing the Coolidge Sap Bucket ".n the 
Bar-rooi' recounted an 'nterest'ng story. She said that when she was a g" rl 
of about 8 years, she attended a Suii^vrier cai.p, Ihe ca:.:pers were all carr'.ed 
by bus one day to visit historlcsJ places ^n Plyr.outh, Jiass. Vuliile there 
the little girl becs.i.e very ^uch intrigued v, 'th soii.e arrow heads on display 
in a case, probably in i.'-ei.;orial Hall. While looking at the:;, she became so 
engrossed with their size and shape and worki-anship that she was perfectly 
oblivious to a tall, lean, lanky gentlei. an who stood beside her. Finally, 
in her eagerness, the child stepped on the gentleman' s toe'. Then en^sued a 
lively conversation, i.o 3tly on the subject of arrow heads - between the 
8 year old child and - well, who do you think the turned out to be? 
Calvin Coolidge. 



Saturday, January 7, 1939 Pleasrnt 

Guest: "I'd like to work here for nothing. 

Wooden pegs are being used again "^n the nak-'ng of 
footwe-^r. They are driven into the soles of 
skii boots. 

A guest told us thet in the old days, blinds I'ke 
our .?odem Venetian Blinds were -sde 'n the 
tovm of Chester, i-.assachusetts. Blinds that answer 
the saii.e description hang 'n the Bar-roo; and old 
Kitchen of the Inn. It 's not unlikely that a 
pack peddler co^ Ing through fro,,. Chester to Boston 
in the old days, sold so..e of h;s wares , the blinds, 
to the landlord of the lA'ays'de Inn. So far as we 
can find out, our "Venltian blinds" have been here 
for II. any years. 

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Suncay, Jenuary 8, 193 9 Pleasant 

A most interesting anc inlei^ested visitor today v/rs 
:jister Mary Albert of Juneau, Alaska, e member of the 
nursing order of C.t. Ann. She has been avay from Nev; Ting- 
lend eleven years, civic ing tlirt time between Juneau, 
Davison anc Victoria. The people among vhom she labors 
are Russians, and members and descendants of the gold 
rush colonj'', many of vhom came from Nev England. 

Sister Mary .Aloert told us siie was brought to a 
realization oi' her lack of knowledge of Nev; Englanc 's 
points of historical interest, v:hen avidly queLtioned hy 
Alaskan people rbout Nev; England's hflloved nlrces. The3'' 
seemed prrtici.larly interested in the "ayside Inn., so 
she made the Inn her first vacation pil^ramrge. Her en- 
thusiasm as she went tlirough the inn, knev; no bounds but 
frequently she expressed her regrets that in all probab-c 
ility, two sisters v;it}i whom she works in Alaska, will 
never see the "'ayside Inn, one being eighty years of age, 
and the other ninety-five; bothe having spent tlie grerter 
part of their lives in Alaska. The sister vho is niety- 
five 3^ears old, has a quite complete Musec^um of Alaska, 
and Sister lAcry Albert hoped she could be aer "seeing 
eye" at the 'Vaysice and take beck to her a picture some- 
what resembling, i''eality. 

January c; , ^c^3 9 Fair cuo Wprm 

Mrs. Grece S.Tinslow of Framinghar vr-ilked in 
our garden in December and finding it bleak in contrast 
to its summer glory, £pv& vent to her feelings in the 
folloving ooem, a copy of vhich was sent to Miss de 
Mi lie: 

dece: i3ER 

"" vithin these sheltering walls, 

cull and cold and v inter strioped, 

Jhs promise of another spring 

Lies bi-?''i'?d i Ti the eart^i*o c^''^'/. '^''"'^ot. 

I valked far cown the naKC-d patn, 
Betueen the rov/s vhere flowers gey, 
Blazed in bright color, high and sweet 
"hen last I came a'. this way. 

Nov. it is sad and bare and brown. 

And I would feel a stab of pain, 

3ut where vines drape and fir trees tta:if , 

I s-^e the loet calmly reign 

In u..:i-_i 'j-^-Lv- w ' ::, LaougaLiUi, waiting face. 
I know thrt in a little v. hile 
The birds will sing and butterflies 
"/ill stoo V to kiss tlie flovori' smile. 



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Tuesday, January 10, 193 9 Fair 

A gucc^t in again acmiring the Coolie ge bucket, 
tolc: us her family liad some olc" me pie buckets end one cay 
v.hen they were having a familj'' reunion one of the buckets 
was brought out and v.ith ceremonj'- it v.-as signed by all 
present, and is to be hended dovn as a fanilj'- heirloom. 

V/ednesday, Januarj?^ 11, 1939 Fair 

Te \vere told a story about Ole Bull by ?,ev. 
Charlec ^. Bidwell of Belmont, Mass., ^he story having 
recently been told him by a dinner guest, VHien Ole Bull 
was living in Araericr vith his family, if anything occ- 
urred to disturo him, he woulc threaten to go back to 
Morvay. His mother-in-liav would hide his violin until 
the m.ooc! had massed. 

thursdpy, January 12, 193 9 Fair 

It vas certainly a joy to shov, the old Inn to 
Mr Harrison Johnson of 3t. Louis, Mo. Mr Johnson is a 
colle/e student, fine apperring, and possessing an out- 
standing personality. One might say here is en Am.erican in the finest sense of the word. His deep in- 
terest in the inn anc its historj'-, and particularly in 
tiie impler.ents of pioneer housekeeping in th: old kit- 
chen, was a refreshin£ thing to observe, and c^oublj'- rc- 
fre3liin£ ^o herr him express his knowledge enO delight 
in the kitchen furnishings, with the rec>eFtea exolana-' 
tion that the things were all so familiar and d'-'^r to 
him, as he is just a "farm boy". 

Friday, January 13, 1939 Continued Fair 

Dr. Van Schaick, editor of t'ne Christian Leac- 
er, anc one of the Qrou_:) of Universalist m.inisters who 
join the j'-errly retreat at 'Vgysice Inn, w£ s with us to- 
d-y for the purpose of collecting data on the c:iaracters 
of the Tales of a "/aysice, as he is preparing a 'taner on 
this sub jest to be read a t the coming retreat. Thic pa- 
per is to be published in the Christian Leader, anc may 
appear in pam.phlet form.. Dr. Van Schrick hrs apparently 
gone into the subj.ect most thoroughly. He has founc som^e 
material at the Congressional Library in '.Vashington ; has 
consulted trie Librr^rj^ of Harvard University''; anc of 
course vts given whatever -"le ''"arysice Inn hac to offer. 



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oaturQ£.y, Jrnusry 1^, 1939 Fair 

Grateful rcknov leggement for helo in collecting 
date, on the cria.racters of the Teles of a '"ayside Inn, vrs 
received today from Dr. Van ::chaick in the fori?, of a 
lovely box of o.3?Pierce candj'- acdressed to the beloved 
hostesses . 



Sunoay, January 15, 1939 Fair 

7/e had an interesting group of Janpanese for din- 
ner todaj', the occasion being a farevell party for our 
friend and frequent guest, Mr. Ito, who is returning 
to Japan next week. There v,ere some -very pretty lacies 
in the party and a small boj^, perhaps seven years of 
age who attends Buckingham School in Cambridge, Mass, 

Mr Ito has been a student at Massachusetts Insti- 
tute of Technology the past fev years. As a farewell 
gift he presentee us with a bisque figiarine on a ped- 
estal - a Japanese singing girl, holding a rrusical in- 
strument, the shaimisen. It is to be a companion to 
our little masked cancer, Mi^^s Yoshika Otsuki, which 
Mr Otsuki presented two years ago vhen he left for Ja- 
pan, and to which he referred, in writing us, as his 
little sister who lives in a cozy room in an old inn 
in Sudbury among warm hearted people. 

Mr Ito will meet Mr Otsuki in Jaoan. 

iMonday, January 16, 1939 Cloudy 

"e had an old kitchen dinner this evening, given 
as a birthday celebratioii for a lAr Clarence ""illirras of 
Brockton, Mass. There v ere tv/leve middle aged people - 
most jolly. The party began with the group singing Hap- 
py Birthday to you. Then followed birthday greetings in 
the form of letters, telegrams and gifts. Mr "'illiams 
responded by singing Home on the Raiige . 

The party surely was a success if one may judge 
by high spirits, jovial iFughter, and a desire ex- 
pressed by the group for future celebrations at the 
/ays ice Inn. 


Tuesday, January 17, 1939 Fair 

A brother of Ralph Holmes, one of our '['•'ayside 
Inn School boys, soent some time with us today. He ar- 
rived a few hours before the tine that Ralph would be 
at leisure so he shov.n through the Inn. He is thir- 
teen years of age - a courteous, intelligent boy. V/hen 
the hostess was showing him the old kitchen he pointed 
to the settle and said, ''"'ouldn't that be a cozy place 
to sit and eat." Coincecently another hostess appeared 
at tfiat mom.ent with some cake and cocoa for him, and 
he was left alone in that "cozy" place to eat. "Tien 
the hostess returned he was vaiting v.-ith a quarter in 
his hand to pay for his luncheon, vith the question, 
""/ould it be enjugh?" 

The parlor, too, had an especial appeal for hir. 
and he had some knowledge of, and a sincere interest 
in Longfellow, 

As he left the Inn to m.eet his brother he ex- 
pressed his gratitude for Lhe afternoon's entertain- 




Tuesday, January 17, 1939 (cont) 

ment, He tolc us he is in the ninth grade in school 

anc v.orking riard so as to be able to ")ass the test in 

June for 'Vayside Inn Boys School. 

"ednescr-y, January 18, 195 9 Cloucy, light snow 

The nev;spapers remind us that Daniel 7/ebster 
was born one hundred and fifty-seven years ago today, 
enc bi'^ing the thought of what changes in our world that 
time has vr ought. 

Our guests today, Mr and Mrs Jenks are long 
time comers to the Inn. "/e found Mrs Jenks account of 
her travels through India delightful. She related 
things apart from history or geography, just the av- 
er? ge V. Oman's viewpoint of everydaj'- life relative to 
food and housing. 

Thursday, January 19, 1939 Snov; 

An interested guest today was a man vho had 
not been here since Colui. bus Day in 189?. The day was 
not then a legf.l holiday but the school authorities 
had granted permission to all Catholic boys to take 
the day off. He said the greater part of the senior 
class were Catholics that day. He and a few friends 
chose that day to visit the inn, coming by train to 
Sudbury. Having taken advantage of the school author- 
itites, tliey eased their consciences bj'' making this 
pilgremgae to a place of historical and literary inter- 

Friday, January 20, 193 9 Fair 

A grouo of girl scouts here this evening, 
pri-r.arily to see the old fashioned dancing. V.'hen they 
arrived they were just dance minded, tut after a tour 
through the inn, were so entranced they were reluc- 
tant to go to the ballroom. Once there, however, they 
seemed to keenly enjoy looking on at the dancing. La- 
ter in the evening they vere thrilled when Mr r^aynes 
invited their group to join in the Virginia Heel, com- 
mandeering a few of our school coys to make up the set 
They did enjoy it. Their eyes were soarkling with en- 
thusiasm, and on leaving they assured u£ they had had 
"one g 'and time" . 

Saturday, January 21, 1939 Cloudy and cold 

Mr and Mrs Bowker, here for their usual Sat- 
urday evening dinner, and with their floral offering. 
This tin.e it is Scotch heather. Iris and lilies, as 
they hac: in mind the annual retreat of the Universal- 
ist ministers beginning Sunday, Jan. ary 22nd. 


Sunday, January 22, 1939 P.ain, 31eet, Hail & Thunder 

The thirty-seventh annual retreat of the Fra- 
ters (Universalist Ministers) begrn todpy. "'e ferred the 
weather r.ight prevent some from coming, but apparnetly 
it v.ould even v.orse v.ef ther conditions thrn today 
to dampen the spirits of the Frateps. 

Dr. Har.imet, the oldest r.eraber, was the first to 
arrive. This gave hir. the greatest satisfaction, as it 
has long been their custon to hasten their ministerial 
duties on this 6.c.y and mrkc it a race to be first ar- 
rival at the Inn. In the past Dr. Hammat has alv.ays 
come with Dr. Tomlinson, who pas see avay t}iis year. V!e 
therefore, could not but admire his brfvery of spirit 
in launching into a humorous story of a race tlU't he 
and Dr. Tomlinson had against Dr. Etz. It seeir.s Dr. Etz 
had been invited to prerch at Fitchburg, Mass. He chose 
retreat Sunday so as to be near the Inn. Dr. Tomlinson 
stationed at ".'orcester, Mass., therefore, invited Dr. 
Hammat to preach at his cliurch, wriich would bring him 
also near the Inn. Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Hammat had 
their cags packed and in the vesti^y room so as to make 
a quick getaway after service, but u]iior tuna tely Dr. 
Harraat had so impressed one of Dr Tomlinson 's promin- 
ents parishioners that he was held up in conversation 
so long that the tv;o consnira t iors felt the game was 
up and Dr. Etz the winner. They m:ade the i-nn however, 
just two rinutes oefore Dr. Etz, wlio had been held up 
hy a freight train. 

Dr. Perkins arrived shortly after Dr. 
and the others followed one by one. The afternoon and 
evening were given up to greetings and the revival of 
friendships . 

Monday, January 23, 193 9 Fair 

Dr. Miriam Van '"aters, Superir.tendent of the 
Massachusetts HeformPtory for "/omen dined here today 
with Miss Vivian Pierce of New York, President of the 
League for Abolishing Capital Punishment. 

The fraters semmed to enjoy the dry to the 
fullest. The roads we-^e rather slippery for walking 
and Dr. Gykes askec if we had such a thing as a cane. 
The hostess remembered there was a cane left fror some 
dram.atic equipment and went to get it. In the meantime 
Dr. ^ykes pickec a narrow stick from Vie wood box, so 
when the c? ne arrivec one of the younger ministers ao- 
propriatec it. He said , you people seem to have whrt- 
ever we ask for, and as he cavorted around with the 
cane he added, ''now if you only l;ad an old oeever hat." 
The hostess assured him he would find one in the V.'ash- 
ington bedroom. 




Tuesdc.y, Jp-nu^ry ?4, 193 S Cloudy 

The Praters put in the dey in reccing, talk- 
ing, ano joining in discussion groups around the fire- 
places . 

Luncheon was a jolly r.eal and they sang between 
courses . 

In the evening they had their old kitchen 
dinner and then all assen^bled in the parlor for the 
reading of Dr. Van Schaick*s paper on the Characters 
of the Tales of a "aj'-side Inn. 

Mr, Sennott, the school instructors, and the 
hostesses vere invited also. 

It v/as a strange experience to be seated in 
that old parlor to her.r about the familiar characters 
of the Tales, and in t?ie hearing to graduall3^ be taken 
back to another , so that in the shadows, with the 
piay of the firelight on their faces, the Praters, read- 
er, and listeners, might have been the characters of 
Longfellow, or as Dr. Van Schaick put it: "Bringing 
back to the old fireside, where they so loved to be, 
the flesh and blood figures of the ren who had grovn so 
shadowy that sometimes they seemed only actors in the 
play" . 

Dr. Van Schaick took but an -lour in reading 
excerpts from his paper, as the night was the last of 
the retreat, and as, on all last ti'es, the.'e is the 
thouglat unspoken but sensed, that it may be the last 
retreat for some. The year 1938 liaving depleted their 
ranks by three, Drs. Tomlinson, Grey and Fisher. 

Tne group then asserabledin the barroom: they 
brought forth the candy and peanuts which they had pro- 
vided, and popped corn in front of the fireplace. 
Their activities were interpolated with song. At one 
moment breaking out ina rollicking college song, and 
the next mom.ent solemnly intoning a hj^mn. They sang 
until midnight. 

The "'aysiders. Prof. Lche 11 's group, had their 
regular meeting in the old kitchen. The professors and 
ministers did som.e fraternizing. 

'"ednesday, January 25, 1939 Cloudy ena Cold 

The Praters had breakfast, tlieir usual com- 
munion service, enc reluctantlj'- left one b-" one in the 

The last group to leave saic they had fer- 
vently prf yed to be snowbound here. 

Miss Staples, our regular photographer, be- 
ing on vacation. Miss de Mille managed to snap one of 
the departing groups. 

Dr. John Van SchPick, Jr. (Johannes), Editor of 
The Christian Leader 

A representative group of the Praters - Left to Right 
Drs. Perkins, Ellenwood, Sykes, Fiske, Cummins, Hall, 
At wood , and Lalone . 

fSdnesday, Jpnuary ? 5, 193 9 



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Thursdaj^, January 26, 193 9 Fair anc Cold 

The Inn appears silent without the Freters 
Our men have been cutting ice on Josephine. 
They have fillec the icehouse near trie pond, anc. pIgo 
the small icehouse across the street nepr the marking 

snr ce . 

Friday, January 97, 193 9 Fair end Cold 

Dancing class: s, as u-surl. 

MissSCaples recicved a c^^rd todt-y from Mr. 
ChPraberlain, Nice, Frrnce, telling her that his lit- 
tle book, on the ""ayside Inn .as been nar.ed one of the 
"Fifty books of the yerr 1938", which, he states is 
cause for jubilation. He added, that congrr tulf tions 
and thanks ere due Miss Staples fs }iis technical ad- 
visor and near co-euthor. 

Saturday, January ?8, 1939 Fair and Cold 

PlBv. Andrew Graham gave an old kitchen din- 
ner this evening for a group of nineteen. The night 
was ideal for such a dixmer, as the trraperature hov- 
erec around zero and the intense heat from the fire 
was appreciated. 

The toast suggested by the Hev. ]!r. Graham, 
and drank in cider was- "May the skin of a gooseberry 
cover all your enemies." 


Sunday, Jpnuary 29,1939 Fair 

The morning was so mild and sunny that it 
enticed many of our frequent guests out to enjoy the 
clear oudoury air and a cinner at the inn. To see 
them, flocking in rem.indec us more of an Aoril or May 
Sunday rather than February. It resembled April 
too in it's fickleness as many of our later dinner 
guests had to free shov;ers on the homeward journey. 

Monday, January?- 30, 1939 Stormy 

A blustering day; snow falling, and a high 
wind. It is slippery driving and cold. Two ladies, 
mother and daughter literally blev in at noontime and 
ordered luncheon. They were on their way to Scarsdale, 
N.Y. The mother a bright little body; the daughter 
alive and alert to all the intere.^ting things here. 
She spoke of Grant "'ood, foremost American artist rnd 
his portraits of midv.estern people and the mid western 
scene. She has heard hin lecture anc told of a 
painting he has done of Peul Revere - a peculiar picture 
from so eminent an artist. It depicts Paul Revere 
riding through a typical western town, little shacks on 
either side of the street and something like wheatfiolds 
in the beckground. 

Tuesday, January 31,1939 Fair 

77e were given the pleasure of hearing forty 
voices of the Houghton College Choir again this after- 
noon . Their last appearance was in the spring of 

1938 when they prid a visit to the house and kindly 
consentec to sing for us. We rememte rec a fev in 
today's group but others were newcomers. This time 
they volunteered to give us a concert. The director 
said, "Te'd like to sing for you." And we like to have 
themx sing. First they rendered an old Russian hymji 
and as an encore gave a German Christmas Carol entitled 
'V.'hile by our Sleeping Flock 'e Lay.* 7?e were 
impressed bj'- the expression of joy and happiness seen 
on the faces of the^e young people as they sang - all 
in perfect harmony and all appearing as if it were no 
effort but a great pleasure. The small ballroom was 
hardly large enough for the volujne of sound, but v/e 
thoroughly enjoyed this im^romtu concert. 7?e , meaning 
hostesses , wailpsoes, end the cooks vho came U) from 
the kitchen on invitation of the director, 

Houghton College is located at Houghton, N. Y., 
and is a Wesleyan -Methodist Institution. The choir is 

Chpir is on a tour, singing in Medford, Mass. tonight 
and in Srookline, Mass, tomorrow. 

?/ednesday, February 1st, 1939 Fair 

The old combback Windsor writing chair in the 
barroom came in for some enthusiastic attention. 
A young lady visitor was both surprised and delighted 
to find it. She had seen one in Memphis, Tenn, 
exactly like ours; had admired it, thinking it unique, 
and not expecting to find it elsewhere. It is in 
the Temple Museum in Memphis, and was originally in the 
first schoolhouse in Memphis. 

Thursday, Febi'uary 2, 193 9 Cloudy 

A large package of books came today from 
the Universalist Publishing House in Boston, They are 
four of Dr. Van Schaick's writdngs - a gift to our little 
'.Vayside Inn library from the group of fraters who, 
during the past week have peic us their annual visit. 
'7e have previously been given one of Dr. Van Schaick's 

books called ' Cruising Cross Country*. The four 
books just received are : 

The Little Corner Never Conquered 
Nature Cruisings 
Love that Never Failed 
The Little Hill Farm 

Hostesses have alreaciy delved into The Little 
Hill Farm and find it extremely amusing and entertaining. 
Perhaps it is because we know Dr. Vcn Ochaick so well 
and can see his lanky figure washing the dishes, building 
a fire, and doing all the homely little chores which are 
encountered on a visit to the farm . 

Little Hill Farm is located at Summit, in Schokarie 
County, Nev, York "in a hollow of the Cat skills." It is 
there that Dr. Van Schaick and the Madame spend such happy 
hours in studying nature and in partaking of the many 
household tasks which all of us have experienced at one 
time or another. In this book Dr. VanSchaick chats 
about them and recounts them in such a humurous v/ey that 
v.e find ourselves laughing and chuckling over every 

Dr. Vrn Schaick has autographed each of the four 
books presented and has written a word of appreciation 
such as this: "To the beloved old inn fromx the group 

known as fraters, with much gratitude." 


Friday, Februery 3, 193 9 Rain 

Rain today must have caused some heartachs to boys 
and girls of a Framingham Church group, who were planning 
a sleigh ride to the inn. They were to have sandwiches 
and cocoa in the old ballroom and then look on at the 
dancing class. 

Saturday, February 4, 1939 Pleasant 

Guests registered todaj'- from the following 
places - 

North Dakota 









Sunday, ^^r 5, 193 9 Fair 

The Bov.'kers not only provide us with roses 
every Saturday evening, but they supply the hostesses 
v.ith reading material. They can suDply almost anything 
v.e want especially in the line of historical novels. 
Lately Mrs. Bov.ker brought to us one lerge volume from 

a set of books dealing v/ith the history of 77orcester 
Oounty , Massachusetts, This is unlike the usual dry 
history book because it is written in narrative form. 

It throws many side lights on the social and political 
life of the period as well as being a record of pure 
historical facts, Mrs, Bovker thought we would be 
interested in a chapter on Taverns and Tpvern Life. 
Here v/e found a new item oertaining to life in a 
Colonial hostelry. The writer records that"one indispensable 
adjunct of a country tPvern v/as the long line of slippers 
of all sizes and colors always to be found ranged on the 
floor for the evening comfort of the guests . In those 
days high too boots were worn almost universally by men 
and boys and the first act of greeting was the bringing 
forth of the bootjack, the removal of the ooots and the 
selection of a oair of slippers. The boots disappeared 
to be greased or blackened as desired and next morning 
were received in exchange for the borrowed slipoers." 
This will make a nice addition to our list of stories to 
tell guests and can be brought in quite appropriately 
when the old bootjack in the barroom is mentioned. 

Monday, Feb. 6,1939 Fair turning to 

snow in evening. 
'iTe are reminded from time to time of the appeal 
the old inn rarkes to people of all ages anc places, A 
reminder came today from Betty, age three, v/ho was dressed 
from head to foot in white (white fur coat and cap) . 
Betty came in from the wintry sleet and cold of the 
outside, gazed around the barroom, then m?de for the 
fireplace and in a high, piping voice s&ng," Polly out the 
kettle on and we'll all have tea," 

Tuesday, Feb, 7, 1939 Snow 

Miss Fisher left today for a weeks vacation. 

Today commemorates the birthday of Charles Dickens - 
February 7th, 1812 - A boy in Longfellow's boyhood. 
They were products of a different environment yet each 
reached the hearts of the people everywhere in tae world - 
the one in vigorous prose, and the other in sweet poetry. 

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Wayside Inn Diary 

?7ednesclay, Feb. 8, 1939 Pleasant 

A guest from NPtick here today with relatives from 
"/ellesley. She said that she had been here three times 
this v.inter and added: " It is one olace to which I like 
to bring my friends as I am never disappointed." 

Thursday, Feb. 9, 1939 Pleasant 

The historical records and literary data in our 

collection is being gone over thoroughly by Dr. John 
Van Schaick of the Fraters group. Dr. Van Scheick 
contemplates writing a series of articles for the Christian 
Leader on the Characters in the Tales of a "Jayside Inn, 
and hopes later on to nut the series into book form. 

He has delved into books at the Congressional Library in 
Washington and has unearthed some things at the Boston 

Public Library. The other evening he dined with 
Mr. Henry ''■adoworth Longfellow Dana at Craigie House in 
Cambridge. He is assembling as complete a collection of 
important facts as it is possible to find. This involves 
a great deal of research. Since Dr. Van Schaick has 

started this monumental task we want to give him as much 
help and cooperation as possible in order that his work may 
be authoritative and accurate. He is an able writer and 
with the right information at hand he should eventually 
bring out a worth while book. He came this evening to 
make further study of the material here and to spend a night 
at his beloved inn. 

Friday, Feb. 10, 1939 Sleet and rain 


re have new neighbors living in the little v/hite 
cottage sometimes called The Hagar House, Nobscot Tavern, 
or Nobscot Cottage. It is a picturesque place with 
gambrel roof and tiny windows, down left of us on the 
Post Road. The new occupants are very appreciative of 
the colonial features. They are newlyweds, a Mr. and Mrs. 
Calvin B. Smith. Mrs. Smith is an old schoolm.ate of 

Miss Staples, hostess. Mr. Smith works throughout the 
week in Boston and in spare time likes to putter around 
home. He can fix almost anything in the woodworking or 
electrical line and in the summer will probably cultivate 
an attractive garden. The interior of the cotta^-e is 
unique in its one large living room with center chimney. 
This furnishes four fireplaces in one room. The Sm^iths 
have decorated their room appropriately v«'ith antiques, 
some of which came from a European collection made by 
Mrs. Smith's father. One oil painting is attributed 

to Copley, the 18th century Boston artist. There is 
an interesting display of American and foreign pewter 
and a maple grandfathers clock. Mr. and Mrs. Smith 
entertained Mr. Smith's mother and a friend here at dinner 
last Tuesday evening. 

Wayside Inn Diary 

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1939 Pleasant 

This is the anniversary of the birth of 
Thomas Alva Edison, 7/e take much nride in the fact 
that the great inventor spent a night at the Vfeyside Inn 
and that we have a memorial to him in the bedroom called 
"Edison". It vas in the summer of 1924 that Mr .Edison 
visited the inn as the guest of Mr. Ford and later, 
together vith Harvey S, Firestone and John Burroughs 
accompanied these distinguished men on a camping trip. 
During the trip a stop was made at Plymouth, Vermont to 
see the President and Mrs. Coolidge. On this occasion 
Mr. Edison put his signature on the Sap Bucket v/hich 
now hangs in the Barroom of the Inn. 

Two sraPll boys with their mother and daddy had 
lunch here today, and spent a long time in looking through 
the house. The boys were full of curiosity about the old 
kitchen utensils and 18th century household equipment. 
They wanted to see tlie ball-rooms, and on being shown the 
new,l?rge ball-room , exclaimed "Gee, what a fine :^lace 
to run our electric trainl" The boys sat down quietly 
before leaving to send a postcard from the ?<ayside Inn 
to Granny in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Sundry, Feb.l?, 193 S Pleasant 


JiL -i*- ."- *"•- <!•> -t 

Brother Florenz, a Benedictine monk, four years 
out of Germany, whose missionary work hrs necessitated 
his travelling all over the country, trior oughly enjoyed 
his visit to the inn. No detail escapee him. On leaving, 
he said that trie Inn is one of the most beautiful things 
he has seen in his travels. In giving vent to his 
feelings about it's beauties, it's setting, and it's 
furnishings, he exclaimed I "And to think there are 
peonle v.ho have no appreciation of such things, but refer 
to old houses and old furniture as piles of junk." He had 
heard one traveller refer to the Granc. Canyon as "just a 
heap of stone." 

A hostess was rem.inded forcibly of Brother Florenz' 
remarks e few days later in pointing out to a guest the 
beauty of the winter landscape. "-e had hac a rainfall 

over deep snow , followed by a sudden freeze glazing the 
snov so that the whole countryside sparkled in the bright 
sunshine. After the hostess had adm.ired the beautiful 
winter scene, the guest turned to her and asked if she 

did not realize what a handicap that shiny brilliance 
was to a motorist driving alv)ng the higliway. 

Monday, Feb. 13, 1S3 9 Pleasant 

The Inn was recommended to Mr. dc Mrs. Brushaber 
by Mr. Russell H. Kettell of the Middlesex School in 
Concord, author of two books on early American furnishings, 
and an old friend of the Inn. Mr. & Mrs. Brushaber 
arrived last evening with a Mr. 6c I. rs . Duryear , all 
from New York City. This morning they appeared as 
typical Nev. Yorkers, smartly dressed, out for a good time 
and fond of the new- and modern in life. We wondered if 
we could ever interest them, in this old house, it's 
sturdy, old beams and hand made furniture. Here vas a 
problem. Sometimes problems work themselves out. This 
one did work out very nicely. ?'e waited and we watched 
our chance. It came about through the two pistols 
hanging on the beam above the bar. Mr. Duryear was 
interested. He likes guns. He proceeded to give a lengthy 
description of a "Horse Pistol". The conversation led to 
other old firearms, the Revolutionary musket on the mantle 
and the Pistol Tinder or Flint Lighter in the old kitchen. 
The women cam.e along and were curious. They asked questions 
The hostess explained. In tim.e the four Mew Yorkers were 
enthusiastic. Mr. Duryear threatened to carry the old 

Flint Lighter home in his pocket. All expressed their 
pleasure in being here and their hope to com.e again. 

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1S3 9 Pleasant 


Two bus loads of people arrived about four o'clock 
this afternoon to be shown through the house, They 
are members of the Nev; York Chapter of the American 
Institute of Banking. It was a mixed group. There were 
old people and young men, bo3'^s and girls. Some were 
inclined to whisper and laugh, but as the story of the 

house unfolded, they became quiet and attentive, VThen 
the parlor vas reached " you could have heard a pin drop" 
as tiie old saying goes. On the waj'' out we heard this 
remark : " I'm glad they saved the best for us 'till 
the last" I 

^ednesdaym Feb. 15, 1939 Stormy, rain, high wind. 

The weather seemed determined to show all it's 
tricks today. It has given to Sudbury fog, heavy rain, 
thunder, a few flashes of lightening, end now at the 
end of the day there is a very high wind. 

Thursday, Feb. 16, 1S3 9 Fair and cold. 

A friendly and entertaining guest today is 
Dr. Joel B. Hayden, Presbyterian minister and Headmaster 
of "/estern Reserve Academy , a Preparatory'' School for 
boys at Hudson, Ohio. He is on v-het he calls a 
followup tour. Having acted in an advisory capacity in 
the placement of "'extern Pteserve boys in college, it is 
a policy of the school to make a checkup from time to 
time in regard to the educational welfare of these boys. 
Dr. Hayden showed great interest in our "'ayside Inn 
Boys School and is coming back sometim.e to visit it. 

Dr. Hayden's driver, a 'Vestern Reserve Boy, who 
was compelled to give up school because of ill health, 

proved also to be an interesting guest. He told us 
that '.7eotern Reserve is the oldest preparatory school 
in the West, founded bj^ pioneers from. New England, and 
endowed in 1917 by the father of Lincoln Ellsworth to 
the extent of four million dollars. Mr. Ellsv/orth, a 

coal king, also left his home containing his private 
museum to the school. The museum has not been kept 
up as the heating of it's thirty two rooms presented 
quite a problem of expense. The place was neglected, and 
after being entered by theives several times, our guest 
was asked to make his home in a portion of the house, and 
act as caretaker. He told us that they have a collection 
of pioneer tools which cost fifty thousand dollars. 
They also have a lamp said to have belonged to Harriet 
Beecher Stowe , and used by her when writing Uncle Tom's 
Cabin. Lincoln Ellsworth, the Polar Explorer, visited 
the school in 1927 with Admiral Bird. 



Friday, February 17, 193 S Rain 

rocay v;e wish to ixitroduce Mr and Mrs 
McMillan. They arrived t/iis afternoon at tea ti e. 
They always come at tea time and they alvays step 
out of along black automobile with vliite disc 
wheels. The chauffeur sits t:'imly in front in 
black uniform with white stock. Mrs McMillan looks 
as if she liad just stepped out of a band box. She 
is a little person short of stature and trips 
daintily in to the Parlor, She bovs in a rather 
formal manner to the hostesses present. Mr McMil- 
lan orders tea. He is slightly lame, carries a 
cane and a beaming smile. He is a kittle more 
chatty but today re discovered that Mrs McMillan 
can be "chatty" too.' 3he tripped into the bar af- 
ter tea and asked if v;e would like to see a little 
Valentine rememurance given her by Mr McMillan. 
"'hen we ansv.ered in the afirraative she took off a 
spotless white doeskin glove and pulled a ring 
from her third finger. It was a ring-watch. A tiny 
S>. iss watch set in £old with two long narrow ru- 
bies holding it in place, "'e exclaimed over it, ad- 
mired the clear tho' tiny figures end miniature 
hour and miinute hands, Tnen Mrs McMillan said: 
""'ell, if you like t'nis, I'll show you something 
else." Thereupon she re oved her other glove and 
Qisplayed the inost beautiful diamond we have ever 
seen I :'!o wonder when there is only one other like 
it in the whole United States. It is a heart- 
shaped dia;-.ond weighing 10 carats. And an exnuis- 
ite, intricate gold setting underneath the stone. 
This was a 25th weeding anniversary present, "'e 
took it near the lamp, saw it sparkle, admired its 
fine cutting. Mrs McMillan was sweetly modest and 
seemed as pleased as Punch about it herself; said 
she v/ore the diamonc. most of the time because she 
believed in enjoying it. 

Saturday, February 18, '-93 9 Pleasant 

A guest reeentlj' tolc this storj'-. He 
s?id that a groun of Chinese were tea-ing. After 
tea the host brought forth en exquisite peice of 
Chinese porcelain for his guests to see and ad- 
mire. The tire spent in looking at that one ob- 
ject was exactly two hours. The guests discussed 
the v;orkmanship involved in creating such a beau- 
tiful specirr.en; its shape, its decoration end the 
making of fine porcelain. Our American guest poin- 
ted to the Old Co^jlicge Sap Bucket in our Bar- 
room; "You could spend two days in looking at that," 
he said. 


WAYSIDE :nn d:ary 

Sunday, February 19, 1939 Pleasfnb 

Mr. J. P Larquand, author of several books on 
historical subjects, writer for the Saturday Evening Pos't and 
resident of Boston w^s here sgain tod^^y t» h^ve dinner. We say 
again because ^larqusnd has been to the Inn several t":es 
before. He is usually accoiipanied by a son who attends St. 
ivlarks School, a boy 12 or 13 years old. Today a pale, s'ckly 
little girl of about 10 years, h^ade up the .arquand trb . it 
happened th?t we had, in the last week, t-rken one of ■ r. 
iviarquand' s books cut of our library closet to shcvl to a friend. 
It is one of tv/o copies we possess on Lord Pi: o thy Dexter. 
Both vclTii:ie3 are in very poor condition, edges worn and fryed. 
They have been read .and re-read by our guests became of the 
old bicture of the Dexter house v/hlch hangs "n our Bar rooi::. 
We overheard :.r. ..-trquand tell hio children that he I'.ked the 
Inn very n^uch, L'lter this little party of three walked to the 
Coach house, school house and .-ill, the daughter m over- 
shoes borrowed fro;- a hostess. 

Mr. and ..irs. L, G. Spooner ca.. e today their 
faLjily fro: Brocton, ..iass. to celebrate their 25th Wedding 

idonday, February, 20, 1939 Pleas.ant 

A lovely looking blond girl ca^e to the Inn th'.^noon 
time with her father. She wa.3 about 16 years old, a beautiful 
child in her sweet lu^-nner, sad eyes -nd lady-like poise. Her father 
explained to the hostess: "i:iy daughter doesn't hear." He spoke 
in a low voice and turned to talk to his daughter In the sa:e low 
voice. Then he said that she could read lips well. The poor girl 
was practically stone deaf, but when v.'e started telling her about 
the Inn and the various th'ngs here, her face lighted up, she 
absorbed it all very quickly, w^s unusually intelligent, 'f there 
was something she didn't quite understand, then the father would 
repeat it to her. He was wonderfully patient and told the hotess 
that their hoir.e w -S in Indiana and th-^.t they are seeking a school 
in which to place the daughter. They were on therir^ way to the 
Clark School for the Deaf at Northampton, ...a s. Jhe young lady went 
away carrying a copy of the "Tales of b V:'ayside "nn" cind _ r. Cha:.:- 
berlain' s C9::;era Inipression of the Inn under herlarir.. 



Tuesday, February ?1, 1939 


The Lieutenant Governor of ' assachusetts spent the n^t 
here tonight after attending the -.ard . Gras held vn ".:arlboro by the 
Union St. Jean Baptist Society. The affair usher'? in tiie Lenten season 
and Lieutenant Governor Horace I. Cahill v.'as K'ng of the carnival. 
He is a very popular officer of the state -nd honored the Tnn by his 
presence. He was acco:';panied by an side. 

Profe.'^sor Schell's group ton'.ght included u:r. Sai.uel 
Ch9:iiberlaln, author of Longfellow's V^ayside ~nn - a Camera ' presslon. 
He is still show'ng ;..uch happiness over the honor offhLs book beng 
chosen as one of the fifty books of 1938 b, the A- erlcsn Institute of 
Graphic Arts ( a group of publishers and printers.) 

Another of Professor Schell' s group, presu:i:ably- a Harvard 
Professor, ca;,.e nto the inn, gazed reverently around the P'^rlor and 
said: "Longfellow s'^t in the Faculty r o:: at C?:^ bridge and Longfellow 
sat in the P'^rlor of the v'layside inn, but Longfellow never s?it "'.n the 
Faculty roo-; and the VTayside inn 'n the sa:..e even .ng as : have done 
thi s very n i ght . . " 

Wednesday, February 22, 1959 



These silhouettes of George and iviartha Washington 
are replicas of portraits cut at i.ount Vernon by Eleanor 
Custis lewis, grandaughter of ii rs. Washington. 

In an effort to please our Holiday guests, to serve the„' well, to 
give ihe-L a good dinner, show the^ the house - and "n our desire to 
atterjd to all the nuiuerous little duties which arise when the house 

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?i/ednesday, February 22 - continued 

is f^.lled with visitors, the main purpose of a Holiday is often 
overlooked. In other Ti/ords, the day becori es just another busy day. 
We do not trJce tiu-e to note its significrnce or to honor the person 
for v/hoLi the d5y is naiiied. The only outward recognition of thi.s 
2?nd day of February at the Ysay^ide Inn rrs the J'l-.erican flag fly-'ng 
over the front door step. Ihe house ha:^ been filled nith guests, 
yet not one that we can recall mentioned the n.anie, WASHINGTON. How 
at the end of the day let us pause for a :iO!:.ent in this Vt'ay^ide Tnn 
journi to thj.nk reverently and respectfully of hie. Not every nat^'on 
has such a man as George Wa>:klngton at the head of its roll of honor. 

"0 noble brov/, so wise in thought I 
heart, so true I soul un bought'. 
eye, so keen to pierce the night 
And guide the "sh.ip of state" arightl 
life, so sihiple grand and free 
The hui! blest still naj- turn to thee. 
king, uncrovsnedl prince of :i.en'. 
When shall we see thejr like again?" 

^irs. r^iary Tvingate 

vvAisTDs :nn d.ary 

Thursday, February 23, 1939 Pleasant 

wiiss Nancy Allen who is restoring an old house ^n Garrison, 
New York told us today that a spoon wi s found undei^a floor of the 
the house wh ch w-^s engraved w' th the n^'tials of George y!ar>h'-ngton. 
Credence is given the thought that the spoon really belonged to 
General Washington because a llv-ng at West Point across the 
river has eleven identical spoons, identically '-arked v^hlch are said 
to have been owned by Washington. i..iss Allen thought it possible 
that the spoon found under the floor was separated fro^r. the eleven because 
it w^s a custoiii in those days for persons who w-re travelling to carry 
their own silver were. 

Friday, February, ?4, 1959 Flea^n.nt 

Last i/Yednesday the first snow drop of the season appeared in 
full bio so.x out 'ide the Old Kitchen w'ndow - rather late " : we have 
known snow drops td> be .n bloor. the latter part of J-'Huary. Rather 
early caL:e the first baby la:-.b of the year - born tonight. First baby 
laii'bs have coxLe in past years as late as ...arch 15th. 

Saturday, February, 25, 1959 Pleasant 

..r. Keuhn, a frequent guest, seated hiinself comfortably on 
the settle 'n the Bar roo;. ths even ng and talked of Thomas Edison. 
He had aet ». r. Edison personally at the ti^-e of the World One 
day ivjr. Keuhn' s secretary announced that a gentlenan wished to see 
hiiTi. He asked the' s na...e and vhat he w?;nted, but the 
secretary replied th^t she could not get the na:.e, thpt the gentle 
man wa.3 very hard of hearing. The turned out to be i.r. 
Edison. He had cou:e to find out if i;.r. Keuhn, then n the tar products 
business, could supply carbolic acid needed in ...aking cylinders for 
the phonograph, litv. Edison could no longer procure the ac-id fro.".. 
abroad, i-lr. Keuhn worked out a fortiula, but could not su ply the 
necessary quantity. :v.r. Edison finally ''.nvented a substitute. 

In speaking of i-'.r. Edison's signature on the Sap Bucket in 
the Bar-rooH., the hostess rer.arked on i^'r. Edison's legible, flowing ha.nd 
writing. Mr. Keuhn said: "that is the telegraphers handwriting." 
Edison was a telegrapher, ar: w3s out guest ir. Keuhn. The round flowing 
letters are r:;ore easily fori:.ed. The "E" ^n the signature is typical of a 



Sunday, February 26, 1939 Cloudy, icy 

Two unassui;!, irodestly dressed woiien cai-e in for 
dinner today, Ihey joined the hostess '.n hearing the story of 
the house, apceared interested, yet the hostess had difficulty 
in engaging thei:. in conversation. Ihey were reserved in their 
attitude, quiet pnd non-coLmittal. But the hostess felt th^t 
there wss soisething worth while about these wcren, so she kept 
on, told about the P rlor, Longfellow '^nd the men who we^e the 
characters in the Pales of a Wayside Inn. Ihe i:ore talkative 
of the two spoke up and laid th-^t they were faii-iliar with this 
part of the Inn because they car.:e fro:. Brunswick, !--- ne the ho:e 
town of Bowdoin College fro:.: which Longfellow w-^ s graduated. Ih^t 
was soi;:ewh«t enlighten -ng, but the hostess felt that there was 
rjore to co^'e. And it did cocel The larger of these two ruddle 
aged won.en end one wh" talked the lea^t, proved to be Robert 
P. IristraE Coffin. Her husband is the well known poet, essayist 
and writer for u.any current .'.agazines. In the Y^mkee ngazine, 
"Book lalk" edited by :..r. Coffn, credit is given . rs. Coffin 
for doing -ost of the necessary reading and writing of any of the 
book reviews. 

i.onday, February 27, 1939 Vet^'^ pleacBant 

Phis lovely Spr'ng-1'ke day is the Birthday of Longfellow. 
Miss Fisher has taken a wreath, ^lade fro;;, nafve i^'ays'de Inn greens 
to p-ace on the grave of the poet in ..ount Auburn Ce_.etery, Cai.trdge. 
Th' s is an annual Wayside Inn custoTo, It is a s.nall tribute to the 
"NeTv Wor24 ' s sweetest singer" as LongfelQow has been called. Whi 
other poet ha.T given us aiore of New England than Longfel!lov/ in h^s 
Pales of a W^^ysid^e Inn? In h" s tine he was the greatest Arer'aaipoet 
and was loved net only by the people of h' s ovm country but he was also 
faiLOUS and popular in every foreign country. In the p^r^or of the Inn 
hangs a picture of the "Poet's Corner" at Vs^estn. "nster Abbey, Londcn 
where Biay be seen a nernorial to the one who sang: 

Lives of great u'.en all remind us 
We can nake our Vives^subliLie 
And, dep-'.rt'ng leave behind us 
Footprints on the sends of tie 

Fron; the "Psal. of Life" 


Tuesday, February 28, 1939 Rain 

I«r5. Dearborn wb: coi^e- once In a wti'le with her husband 
ProfeSvSor Dearborn of H?.rvard told us th-t she fears these Icyd'ays 
we've been having. "I broke uiy leg one", she said. Then . rs. 
Dearborn went on to explain that the acc-dent happened when ?he was 
a child of 10 years. "I thought if I cllrbed up high in a tree T cou^ld, 
by putting out rry arii.s and waving ther. up and down, rake of myself a 
flying bird. I clirrbed the tree, "flew"off. The result w-.s a broken 

A boisterous child is ''iss Natalie Dearborn. Last Sunday 
Natalie brought a friend w. th her. The girls rei.oved heavy skii boots 
in the front hall and for a few n inutes were seen scar, per Ing thragh the 
rooms of the Inn in soft.wooly «hite socks. Suddenly e bobbed head and 
blue eyes peeped in the Bar rooi.:, "Ajiy t^cks around here?" 9 -ked Natalie. 
We have concluded that Natalie is "her j.other' s own daughter"! 

Wednesday, :.iarch 1, 1939 Pleasant 

An Episcopal nissionary fro::. Alaska had lunch hare todjy w' th 
the rector of the Episcopal church In Weston. L.fe in Alaska a^osals 
to this energetic young church_,:::an who told of his work there his 
parishoners - fishenen, Indians and rany people of Englsh descent. 

A little group of schoc" children le<t by ^ middle-aged woi^an, 
their teacher, were shown through the Inn this afternoon. Ihey ca: ef roc: 
Taunton, ".ass, and the children were all of foreign extraction -no^tly 
Italians. Their interest in the house w-.; proven by the'r purchase of 
post card views, paid for w. th hard earned pennies. 

Thursday, Larch 2, 1939 Pleas-nt 

Colonel London who is having an Old Kitchn d'nner party this 
evening for officers in his regiment, c-e this morning to pay the bill. 
He wanted to take care of everything before the dinner. Then he 
began talking about LiiLself, He is a bachelor, lives alone and lilces it. 
His father was Ixjrn on So. Hero Island In L'-ike Cha...plaln, Ver^-ont. and 
walked miles over Sand Bar Bridge to educate Mi.,3elf at the Univers-ity of 
Vern-ont. Colonel Landon feels a great debt to his father and re-aked that 
one of the sad things in life is that we can never begin to repay our 
parents wh t we owe to thei:.. They are taken av;ay before 7«e cm afeqiately 
express our appreciation, "But I have three air.s in life" added the Colonel. 
No. 1: to pass on the jioney v/h ch has coire to i».e frorr. variais rfiei. bers of 
my fathers fau-ily to luy brother's children. They nust have it sn^part of 
the fairiily tradition; must keep it to pass on to successive generations of 
the Landon faii:ily. They can use the interest, yes, but they dd not e«m "^ t, 

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Thursday, ':>r-Tch 2 - continued 

nor did I, "It is a fat Ily trust. No. 2: ~ want to keep ^ good bu?'ness, 
I now have a sacll paper r.anufactur-^ng plant. w-Jit 't to be awell run 
organization v/here every e"ployee will have as high a salary S3 po^.sible 
and where the people I e.::ploy will be happy. No. 5: ?.'hen the bus mess, 
just ii.entioned. Is large enough and Is running well enough, ' will travel. 
Vv^hat Is -Tore enlightening, .ore pleasurable than to see people, thdnatives 
of foreign lands in their own ho^-es. In their own environ; ent ni learn 
to know then: as they really are?" 

Frid^, iiarch 3, 1959 


I-r, Charles E. S- . th and r. Beraard Been on arrived frooi 
Dearborn this afternoon. They have co:::e to put Into operation a 
ndv: Diesel powered tractor and a Ford V8 o^er^ited shovel. These 
will be used for hauling logs, grading, pulling stu'iips and clear ng fields. 

Logging operation - opposite Wayside Inn Grist I. Ill 
February - 1939 



Saturday, "; rch 4, 1939 Pleasant 

^r. Into,, one of our regular guests, brought a party of 
five for da.nner tonight. One of the group was a I r. John J. Tiffany. 
He lives in Old Ly...e, Connecticut and har> a large far.;;. Ihe far" 
house dates back to 1724 and ha.i been lived In alway^ly the 
fa;=.ily. On the fan is a herd of Devon cattle 9bout 1"<5 wttti 21 pair 
of oxen vj-hich work on the f^r... Ir. Tiffany's 3on -s carryig on the 
fariii work and wll enlarge the herd for dairying. v. Tiffany was 
iTiUch interested In our Devon cattle and also in our old fashioned 
dancing. He cetn do -any of the dances and calls the . off, too. 



Sunday, March 5, 1S39 Pleasant 

A little girl with blond hair and brov.Ti eyes 
sat behind the Bar tod- y. She was playing "hostess" and 
kept herself busy with paper and pencil as if taking 
orders. She is Mr. "Tiit teraore 's granddaughter and comes 
often to the Inn with her grandfather and grandmother. 
She likes to pretend; to pretend that she is working and 
helping , Mr. \7hitteraore tolc us that he had brought the 
child here from Sunday School and that on the way out, 
during the long ride, the granddaughter had announced t?iat 
she was going to the olace "v/here I do the worki" 

Monday, March 6, 1939 Pleasant 

Yesterday we had the pleasure of greeting some 
old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Daniels from West Barrington, 
Rhode Island. '^e had not seen then since the September 
Hurricane and found that they had an interesting story to 
relate. 7/e learned that Mrs. Daniels had been a Red Cross 
Canteen worker during the "'orld ?'ar - and v/hen the whirl wind 
storm of last fall started on its way, she received a telegram 
from ^/ashington, asking her to take full charge of relief 
work in Barrington. She bought all kinds of food supplies, 
cans of fruit juices, meat, and thirty two quarts of milk. 
Then all the homeless people of the community gathered there 
at Mrs. Daniels home. At night there were twenty seven 
people sleeping on the floor of her house. The cooking was 
done on a little Army^tove, saved from war days. In the 
meantime, Mr. Daniels v;as walking to Barrington from Providence - 
a distance of eight miles - struggling through great flooded 
areas, climbing over fallen trees and parts of v;recked houses. 
He finally reached home safely to find a crowd of homeless 
friends and strangers being sheltered there. 

Tuesday, March 7, 193 9 Pleasant 

Fashions have gone old fashioned this Spring and 
are already beginning to apoear on some of our feminine guests. 
If we kad closed our eyes for a minute this noontime we could 
easily have imagined ourselves back in the 'good old days' when 
women wore frilly white shirt waists and sailor hats. Two 
women, dressed in the aoove style, came bursting in for luncheon. 
They were in a gay mood as befitted their costumes. Yards of 
a bright yellow veil, caught up into a bow Pt the back, floated 
from the black hat of one, while a very smart black sailer - 
perched at a rakish angle, topped the curley head of the other. 
The gayer of the two laughed and smiled and exclaimed with much 
enthusiasm about everything in the house. It was truly refreshing 
to see this charming lady who apparently enjoys life to the 
fullest. Perhaps the new spring attire hfd something to do 
with it. 

Wednesday, M?^rch 8, 1939 Pleasant 

It is remarkable to find so many of our guests 
registered from foreign countries, these cold v/inter days. 
Recently we mentioned entertaining a missionary from Alaska 
This past v/eek v/e met a Baptist missionary from China. 
The guest book records that we have visitors from other far 
off places as follows: 

Ant'.verp, Belgium Anno nay, France 

Henley, England P^ome , Italy 

Sydney, Nova Scotia Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Thursday, March 9, 1939 Snow Storm 

Today a snow storm has envelooed us. 77e are 
keeping wf^rra nepr the fireplaces - and looking out 
occasionally t© a hushed and still world. It is as if 
the out-of-doors was quietly sleeping while being covered by 
a thick white blanket. Cur poor little snowdrops, only 
yesterday in full bloom, are now completely covered. The 
only 'signs of life' without are the frolicking kittens 
under the woodshed. Thej'' hevebeen playing in the snow, 
standing on their hind legs and tossing the si ow high into 
the air. This snowball ' fight 'has furnished much amusement 
on this belated winter day, 

Friday, March 10^ 1939 Pleasant 


The dancing classes w^ere held as usual this 
afternoon and evening with Mr. Albert Haynes, dancing 
master , in charge. 

Miss Fiedling, Hostess, is spending her vacation 
in Norfolk, Mass, with her sister and family. 

Lena, our faithful waitress, has returned after 
passing several weeks in Timmins, Ontario. Agnes, 
another of our faithful employees, is having her 
vacation in Concord, Mass. and New York City, 

A new Cellar is being dug below what we call the 
Old Dining Room, It is under the west wing of the 
house - the part originally used as a carriage shed. 

Saturday, March 11, 193 9 Snow 

Rev. A. J. Graham of Charles Paver, Mass. entertained 
a perty of twenty with an Old Kitchen Dinner this evening. 
??hen leaving , he asked us to put his name down for another 
Old Kitchen Dinner to be served on the 15th of April. 


Sunday , 

March 12, 1939 

V.'e are in the mid 
really a blizzard. It 
wePther man announces tha 
tomorrow. 3ut we are no 
plov.'s have been plying ba 
highways and bywpj'-s near 
A few guests have venture 
have dinner at the Waysid 
that the Inn has a specia 
fires and hot stealing fo 
and the food better when 
windy outside. 


St of a heavy snowstorm, 

started last night and the 
t it viill continue through 
t snow-bound. The snow 
ck and forth along the 
the Inn since early morning. 
d forth from their homes to 
e Inn. They have remarked 
1 charm today with it's blazing 
oc . The fires seem brighter 
all is white and cold and 

Someone saved the kittens. They were heard 
wailing and crying under the woodshed. The snow had 
piled high around their door. They were literally 
snow-bound . 

Master Ralph J. Sennott, Jr. was caught by 
the camera , viewing the storm and high piles of snow 
near the doorsteps of the Inn, He later engaged 
in the old sport of tlirowing snow balls. 



Monday, March 13, 193S Continued 

"There 1;= a sumptuous variety about the 
New England wealher that coimels the strangers' admiration 
and regret. The veather is alv/ays doing something there; 
alwrys attenting strictly to business; always getting up 
nev. designs and trying them on people to see how they v/ill go, 
But it gets through more business in spring th?n in any other 
season. In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of 
weather inside of ?4 hours. " 

Mark Twain 


Monday, March 13, 1939 

The weather man's prediction came true this 
time and we are still plowing and shovelling and watching the 
storm from the windows of the Inn. It looked so oretty 
everywhere that we bundled up in high overshoes and knitted 
cap and took these pictures - while the snow was still 


Tuesday, March 14, 193 9 Pleasant 

Several v/eeks ago v/e read in the nevspa ->ers that 
2,000 people v/ere expected to attend t'ne Eastern Music 
Educators Conference in Boston starting this v/eek. 77e 
hoped that some of the musicians would find their way to 
the T^ayside Inn. Sure enough, a sort of acvance guard 
came today. They v;ere tv.o young men and an older man 
way from Potsdam, Nev York. The young men attend the 
State Normal School there and the Crane Depart.uent of Music 
in particular. This school trains young people to be 
music supervisors. The older man give us the whole 
history of the school as he sat in the brr-room v/hile the 
•boys' were looking around the house. It seems that this 
Mr. Mathews takes into his own home a couple of the students 
each year to board and room. Fie acts as a kind of foster 
father and is evidently popular. The boys asked him to 
come v;ith them on the trip to Boston. Ml?. Mathev/s said: - 
"but I'm not a musician; I just came along for the ride." 

Wednesday, March 15, 193 9 Pleasant 

Since February 1st we have had a great many dark 
days, but, as one of our guests remarked - the brilliant 
orange color of the calendulas seems to ma^e up for the leek of 
sunlight. The calendulas have come from our greenhouse 
and are arrayed artistically in large and small pewter bowls. 

Thursday, March 16, 1939 Pleasant 

Before they had left the Bar-room, the Tobins knew 
practically the whole history of the house . They began on 
arrival this afternoon, to ask such intelligent questions 
and were such good listeners that the hostess was soon 
pouring forth all the ;ittle details of the house and had 
soon delved into the Longfellow connection and the Characters 
in the Tales of a ':'/ayside Inn. But the Tobinswere more 
interested, we should say, in the early household utensils. 
They had lived in Turkey, Germany, China and other foreign 
countries and liked to compare the furnishings here v/ith 
things they had seen abroad. They spoke particularly of 
the long stemmed clay pipes, smoked by Colonial gentler.en. 
They told of t pipe they pv/ned v.hich was used in Korea. 
It's stem is made of wood and is unusually long. In fact the 
stem is so very long that this type of Korean pipe has to be 
lighted by a servant. It's boAvl is v.'ay beyond arms length. 
Therefore v/hen a Korean is seen smoking a pipe of this sort he 
is known as a gentlemen of distinction because it is necessary 
for him to maintain a servant. 


Friday, March 17, 193 9 


The fame of the "'.'ayside Inn will probably be broadcast 
all tl-irough the land of Costa Hica, according to a ge '.tleraan 

who cane to the Inn recently, 
he brought to the Inn a man by 
from Costa Rica. The Cost? 
That he later asked his friend 
descriptive matter possible. 

He told jis that last October 
the name pf Amando Sespedes Marin, 
Rican found the Inn £0 interesting 
to come here and buy hira all the 
Mr. Marin, we are told, is a 
radio announcer in his native country and in ten years has received 
over 100,000 fan letters. 

Saturday, March 18, 193 9 


Bess Streeter Aldrich, whose recent novel, "Song of Years" 
is listed among the best sellers, was the guest of honor tonight at 
a dinner party given by Dr. "'illiam Stidger of Boston University. 
She is a person of charming personality and simplicity; talked 
of her writings in a delightfully interesting manner. A character 
in her recent novel is her great grandfather. 

Dr. Stidger had a story to relate, YJhen he saw 
Will Rogers' play "State Fair", one of the characters requested 
some of Grandmother Stidgers mince pie , Dr. Stidger, knov/ing 
there were not many of that name, wrote to "^'ill Rogers, who 
referreu him. to the author of State Fair, The author, in turn 
sent Dr. Stidger th^ receipe for the mince meat and said it 
was Grandmother Stidger 'i recipe, handed down in a diary of 
his family. Further research brought out the fact that 
Dr. Stidger anc the author of State Fair are distant cousins. 


Sunday March 19, 1939 Pleasant 

It was a privilege en6 pleasure to entertain today 
a boy ten years old, crippled and in a v^heel chair. He came 
with his parents; fine young people who did not make a fuss 
over their son, but treated him like a normal child and let 
him listen to the story of the house as they wheeled hira 
through the rooms. They were a fine appearing family , and 
the boy was unusually good looking. He seemed paralyzed 
from the v/aist down. He was a quiet, sober chpp and not very 
happy, we think. Once in a while he smiled end was pleased when 
his mother mentioned reeding the Tales of a Wayside Inn to hira. 
"'e ".ere disappointed th£ t this group came on Sunday whan so many 
other guests are here , and once or twice crowded around the 
invalid. His mother promised to bring him here again, however. 

Another crippled boy was a guest for overnight. 
He is young Russell Bridgham from Brookline . Russell has broken 
his arm in two places and is having difficulty in entertaining 
himself now tliat he cannot skii or skate. But he was cheerful 
and found something to keep him busy during most of his stay at 
the Wayside •'■nn. He visited the mill and schools anc spent 

considerable time at the sheep barn v/here there are several 
new baby lambs, 

Monday, March 20, 1939 Fair 

Mr, Vl'indle, a dinner guest, after seeing our 
Paul Revere print of the Boston Massacre, said that he had a 
copy of the Boston Gazette, the first edition printed after 
the Massacre occurred, which gives the names of persons implicated, 
injured and killed. It also shows pictures of the affair 
including coffins of the dead. 

Another guest told us that her family owned copies 
of Paul Revere pictures entitled* Boston Harbor 'and The Boston 
Massacre",. She said that she did not appreciate the prints 
and recently in redecorating her home she hung them behind a 
door. Her uncle, who was quite indignant, said to her - 
" You don't aopreciate those pictures; whj''"01d Lemon'*of f ered 
me a thousand dollars for then fifty years ago." ( Old Lemon was 
our Mr, Edward R, Lemon. ) 

Tuesday, Mej?ch ?1, 1939 Pleasant 

This evening was a busy one. A party of 75 middle 
aged people had dinner here at 7.30 and then danced in the ball- 
room until midnight. They had a fine ochestre, the strains of 
which lured many of our other guests to the Ball room where they 
were made welcome by Mr. Fletcher who was in charge of the party, 

A group of teachers from East Douglas, Mass, also dined 
here this evening and held a meeting in the old Ball room afterward 

The ^.Vaysiders, (Professor Schell's group) had their 
regul'-r meeting in the old kitchen, after having dinner. They had 
an informal discussion on the European situation. 

Tuesday, March 21, 193 9 - continued. 

Our overnight guests, the Misses Fall from I.iPlden, Mpss., 
were thrilled at the activities of the Inn. They v/ere glad that 
they had chosen such a gala night to stay at the Inn as a first 
experience. They liked their room very much and plan to corae 
again with two more friends. 

Wednesday, March ?2, 1939 Pleasant 

Two more lambs were born last night, making thirteen 
in all. This information was given by our enthusiastic over - 
night guests, the Misses Fall. They were met on Dutton Road by 
a hostess and breathlessly told her that their day was proving as 
exciting as the evening before. They were coming from the barn 
and from their first experience of seeing, baoy lambs. 

Thursday, March 23, 1939 Cloudy 

The Inn family have been watching a budding romance 
and feel somewhat of a personal interest in the affair because the 
young lady involved comes from our neighboring city of Marlboro. 
Her name is Betty Bigelow and she comes from one of the oldest 
families of the place. Everybody knows the Bigelow family - 
three boys and Betty. Betty teaches art in the public schools 
and two years ago went to England. There she met a handsome young 
officer of the Royal Flying Corps Reserve - and then and there the 
romance started. Lieutenant Oldham came to the United States and 
to Marlboro in particular . Then Betty went to England again. 
It is said that several proposals of marriage were made, but not 
until recently accepted. At Christmas time this attractive couijle 
came to the Inn several times for tea. We thought tlie English- 
man extremely good looking and were fascinated by his English accent. 
He has the typical English complexion, white skin and rosy cheeks. 
After the holidays he returned to England, then he came back again - 
this time to marry Betty. So today v/e were pleased to see 
Lieutenant Oldham again and told him that we had read in the 
newspapers of his arrival and hoped he would corae to see us, 
"Rath-er" said the Britisher. 

Friday, March PA, 193 9 Pleasant 

Dr. Van Schaick paid us another visit today. He is 
getting a real thrill out of his work in v/riting up the Characters 
in the Tales of a V/ayside Inn. About every two weeks he comes to 
make a report on what he is doing. So far he has printed the 

1. Longfellow and the Tales 

2. The Landlord of the Tales 

3. The Theologian 

4. Five generations of the Howes 

and their tavern (two parts) 

5. Isaac Edrehi , the Spanish Jev; 

6. The Poet whom Longfellow chose. 

The Soanish Jew proved to be the most difficult so far, 
because practically nothing was known about him; we had nothing 

Friday, March 24, 1939 continued. 

about him in our files; no one in Boston hrd heard of him; 
yet Longfellow gpve him as prominent a place in the Tales 
as any of the other characters. He wrote to a friend in 
England shortly after the Tales v/ere published and said - 
"All the characters are real; the Musician is Ole Bull, the 
Spanish Jew, Israel Edrehi , v/hom I have seen as I have painted 
him etc." Therefore it was certain that a real Isaac Ecrehi 
lived. To point out who he was, where he lived, how he 
became Longfellow's friend and why Longfellow chose him for one 
of the chc^racters, remained for Dr. Van Schaick to find out. 
And he did find out much about our Spanish Jew. He learned 
the t he spent most of his life in trying to perpetuate his 
father's memory and eventually succeeded in publishing a book 
of his father's travels. The book was published in Boston, 
This is more than likely the "link" which brought the Spanish 
Jew and Longfellow together. 

Saturday, March 25, 1939. Partly Cloudy 

The Golden T^edding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley 
of Hopedale, Mass. v/as celebrated here this evening. Dinner 
for 27 was served in the Old Kitchen • The youngest member of 
the group was "^ayne Kearsley , aged three, the only grandchild 
who may carry on the family name. The tables were laid with 
white cloths and decorated with several smell bouquets of our 
ever faithful calendulas. Before being seated, the party 
stood around the tables and sang ^ "Praise God from ?.Tiom all 
Blessings Flow** - a lovely sight, the faces of age, and youth, 
and babyhood were reflected in the candlelight singing praises to 
the Giver of all good, for the blessing of fifty years of 
married happiness. Before serving the desert, the wedding cake 
and wedding bouquet v;ere brought in and presented to the 
surprised and beaming couple. The cake - a beautiful tiered one • 
and the bouquet with fifty streamers and attached to eaxh was 
a one dollar bill - fifty in all. After dinner the party danced 
in the ballroom, three year old "^ayne Kearsley doing the 
Virginia Heel with as much gusto as the elders. 


Sund-.y, Mirch 26, 1939 


For several summers in the past ''/e have entertained for 
overnight a mother -.nd two sons from Nev/ Jersey. The sons are not young, 
probably nearing middle nge -^nd always seemed the bashful type. Ihey 
had very little to say. This morning we vvere surprised to see on our 
list of overnight guests a Mr. ?nd Mrs. Garlick, registered from Engle- 
wood Mev«» Jersey. Y/e remembered the name and recalled the mother and 
sons. Soon the younger Mr. Garlick appeared with a beautiful young 
v/ife. He explained v;ith some hesistancy that he w^n married during the 
past ye-r. Then he introduced us to the charming Mrs. G?rlick - "And 
I wint her to see the room I used to occupy when I c^me here v.ith 
Mother" said Mr. G-rlick. "From that room I wrote many letter to this 
particular young lady". 

Monday, March 27, 1939 


Two guests from India in flowing robes attracted quite a lot 
of attention today. One was Sumita Devi .and she gave her address as 
Bengal, India. Miss Devi is attending the Lelsjid Powers School of Ex- 
pression in Boston. We were told that she is .? former pupil of* Rabindranath 
Tagore noted Indian poet. He conducts a school devoted to Nntional Indian 
art £Jid culture. The other native Indian v/as so like an American in her 
manner -nd speech that we had no difficulty whatever in making her understand 
the history of the Inn and all it stands for. She was particularly interested 
in the char:-;cters in the Tales of a Wgyside Inn ^nd much more eager to know 
about Longfellow than many visitors from our own country. 

Tuesday, Mnrch 28, 1939 

A school group 
from the M?.ynard, Mass. 
High School visited 
the Inn this afternoon. 

School groups after seeing 
the old Inn often spend 
more time in the 
ancient coaches on exhib- 
ition in the Gate House 



Wdnesday, March 29, 1959 Pleasant 


Robert Linclon O'Brien - Editor, Washington, D, C. 

When editor of the Boston Transcript, 1891, Mr. O'Brien 
used to come to the Inn with George ^endel and have Roast Chicken 
for Sunday Dinner, 

Mrs. Hubble - Hostess, Wiggins Tavern, Northampton, Mass. 

Mrs, Hubble loves the Inn but said she had one grudge 
against it. We have lured away two of her former Tifiggins Tavern 
guests, the Misses Dief-fsnbach - Jc-n and Ann who, for the past 
tfi'o years have spent their Christmas holidays here. 

A. grou:: of Wellesley College Instructors ?nd Professors (all women) 
followed an afternoon tea with folk dancing in the large Ball-room. 

Thursday, M-rch 30, 1939 Rain 

For thepast two weeks we have been entertaining many school 
children, most of them having nn Easter vacation. I'hey have come in 
small groups with mothers or big sisters. Today we had the pleasure 
of having as luncheon guests a party frOiijConcord. It consisted of 
two mothers and four children. The cliildren were eager and lively and 
wr^nted to know all about the Wrayside Inn. 0%& hay in particular was 
especi.aily conversant viith Ajnerican history; h-d names and dates on 
the tip end of his tongue even tho' he wa.s only about ten ye'^rs old. 
He told us that his own name was Todd Persons, So we told him about 
Thomas W. Pfirsons, the poet in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. We askedthe 
boy if he was related to our poet. "Well," said Todd P-rsons" if Thomas V,» 
P^.rsons wns any relation to th?'t guy in Springfield who had a t-^vern 
there, then I'm related to your Parsons". 

Friday, Mr.rch 31, 1939 Cloudy 

One morning a few months ago, a young man appeared at the 
Inn. He said his health had been none too good of Imte a-nd that his family, 
aided md betted by the doctor, had insisted upon h's goingjbway for a few 
days. This he v/as reluctant to do until the Wayside Inn was suggested. Re- 
calling his boyhood memory of the Tales, he thought perhaps he might find 
here the quietude he was seeking and finally succumbed to persuasion. Fran 
the moment he entered the Inn he was intrigued wit'; it. He enjoyed his 
room and his meals. He took long;7alks around the estate and read and studied 
in the Pirlor. He stayed three days in which timewe became thoroughly ac- 
quainted with our guest. We learned that he is th^everend Edward M. Condit 
a Congregational minister frem Needham. M.?ss, On the lait evening of his 

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Friday, March 31 - continued 

stay. Rev, Condit invited an old friend of his, the Rev. Wilfred K, 
Bunker from Concord, Mass, to take dinner here with him. 

At the end of his stay, Mr. Condit W3S almost overwhelmed when 
he learned that, being a minister, he w^s a guest of Mr. Ford. He walked 
about in thought for a while and then told us that he wanted to do something 
for the Inn in recognition of the hospitality afforded hJLm and wondered if 
he might present a chair which once belonged to Daniel Y/ebster. 

The chair subsequently arrived at the Inn and Mr. Condit informed 
us that it is to be a joint gift from himself and his friend the Rev. 
Mr. Bunker. It has an interesting hJ.story. The chair v/as owned by D,aniel 
Webster when he was Secretary of State in 1850. He lived at the famed Willard 
Hotel in Washington where he had furnished his ovm suite of rooms. When 
Webster laft the hotel, his furniture ivas bought by Mr. Y/m. Dwight Field, 
clerk in the hotel. The chair is one of a set of four which went to different 
members of Mf. Field's family. The one presented to the Inn was purchased 
by M r, Condit and Mr. Bunker from Mrs. ilbba Jerigan, youngest daughter of 
Mr. Field. 

Saturday, April 1, 1939 Pleasant 

Mr, Field, a college 3tudent,> recently made his first trip 
through the Inn. He was particularly thrilled by the story of the 
Courting Mirror. Before leaving theinn he came back to the hostess and 
inquired again about courting mirrors, asking if we knev/ if re-productions 
of them could be procurred. We realized that this interest in a courting 
mirror h-^.d greater depth than a youth' s passing fancy of an antique as an 
antique and we r Either suspected a romance. Mr. Field appeared again on 
Sunday evening with a charming young lady and when she was not around, he 
again questioned the hostess about courting mirrors. This time he asked 
if it would be possible to have the mirror taken from the wall for a few 
minutes at a party he is planning, lie feel sin engagement is in the offing 
and hope the young lady will smile into the mirror 'nd not turn it face- 
down on the taibe. Thelatter gesture would mean that she "turned down" 
the young man also I 


WAYS id:: inn diary 

Sunday, April 2, 1939 Rain 

A devr little Icciy, 76 j^esrs old was interes- 
ted in the house, yes, but was thrillec. over the fact 
that she had with her tv,o daughters and a grandaught- 
er. This was a great satisfaction to our guest, Mrs 
lathbury, ana to us. It reminds us that we have here 

in our guests and in the Inn itself a place that is 
unique . 

ivlondfy, April 3, 1939 Frir 

P'or a long time we have wanted to write on just 
this subject - why the Inn differs from every other 
old Inn in America. This is of course a tremendous sub- 
ject to cover in one short day of the Diary, so in p 
brief summary v:q will attem.ot to give the m.ost im.por- 
tant reasons . 

1. Longfellow 's"Tales of a Taysice Inn" liave 
m.ade the Inn a literary shrine for hundreds of stu- 
dents and teachers of American literf^ture. 

?, "'ith its furnishings which represent sever- 
al different periods, the Inn gives an authentic pic - 
ture of the way our foref^' thers lived . 

3. It is not only a house to be seen end en- 
joyed as a Museum, but the tradition of accomadPting 
the traveller is ma i at Pined, meals bto^ served and over - 
night guests lodged . 

4. The home -like atmosphere gives our guests 
the privelege of spend iag as r.uch or a s little time 
here as they choose. Guests are free to use the Inn 
as they v/ould a privPte home. They read books before 
the open fire, tak- long walks, rest unaer the trees. 

5. The Inn is conservp tive . It appeals to el- 
derly people wiio like to think of olden times and re- 
m.ember their own shildhood. Professional peoole, doc- 
tors, ministers, social workers find here a quiet res- 
ting plrce. 

6. In conclusion it is hardlj'' necessary to 
say thPt the inn fulfills a truly ^rer t s e rv i c e in. 
touching the heart s a nc. r. 1 n6 s of huncreds c_f oeoole 
of every ege , every profession , every wplk in life . 

Tnat other Inn in Americp can boast the sane 
or p greater service? 

■^'he "'.7 ay side Inn is. unique. 


Tuesdry, April 4, 1939 Sleet 

Mr and Mrs A.H.Jones of Honolulu v.ere guests 
today and introduced themselves es the parents of Miss 
Cecelia Jones v.ho had so en joy eel her visit here last 
suramer that she begged iier parents not to miss the Inn 
on their trip to the States. Cecelia v/rs grcuated from 
";ellesley last June and her mother brought a picture 
of her F_s a .^ride, for us to see. 

"^/e learned something of the Jones' family 
history from the daughter last summer. She is a d esc en- 
dent of Missionaries; her great-grert-grand parents 
went to the Islands as missionaries in 1820. 

Mrs Jones added a bit more of interest. Her 
great grandparents scarcely knew each other when they 
embarked for the long trip around the Horn, riegulations 
for raiBsionarj'- v/orkers were very strict enc only mar- 
ried persons vere accepted, so these young people, zeal- 
ous in their calling, were married as workers more 
than lovers. The bride addressed her husband through- . 
out the trip as "Mr. Jones". They took with t?iGm from 
Connecticut, a frame house, in sections. It is still 
standing today enCi is the oldest frame dwelling in the 
Island 3 . 

TTednesday, April 5, 193 9 Pleasant 

Mr Robert J Jackson of Boston, a recent 
guest, informed us t:iat his grer. t grandfather, Jona- 
than Jackson, built the Lord Timothy Dexter house in 
1810. His cousin, John Lovell built a house next door. 
They were young men at the time and had made up their 
minds to be bachelors, out these resolutions were bro- 
ken as both raarriec. John Lovell* s family contributed 
greatly to the historicalm. literary a. id industrial life 
of Massachusetts. James "ussell Lowel and our President 
Emeritus, Abbott Lawrence Lowell being of that fam.ily; 

Mr PiOuert Jackson thought the Inn delightful 
and said as he left: "I'm so glad it has not been 
oollea upl 

• tf 

Thursday, April ^^, 1939 Partly Cloudy 

A little girld from Wellesley( 6 years old) 
came in the front door with two"grown-ups" . She took 
out her oocketbook end offereu fifty cents. This was 
her special treat for two adult friends - a visit 
through tiie '"a^^sice Inn. 

Five girls, mem.oers of a Glee Clvb from 
Northland College, "is cons in, visited the ian today. 

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Friday, April 7, 1939 Pleasant 

A lovely little fe.mily appeared at the Inn 
at 5:30 this evening. The gentleman told us that he 
is taking a post graduate course at Harvard. The wife 
and tvo chilcren v.ere anxious to hear about the house, 
So v/e took them through in the usuel v.pj', the little 
girl paying strict attention to everything said. The 
father and mother too, were interested, tremendously 
and the little boy, youngest member of the far.ily 
tagged along and kept es quiet es a mouse. After the 
tour v.e noticed the family in a kind of conference. 
They seem.ed undecided aoout something. Ve offeree to 
help and discovered that they were talking p bout stay- 
ing here for supper, as they called it. The mother ex- 
plained thPt they had stPrted from home in tlie morn- 
ing, were tired and would rather come back some other 
time. Then the following conversation ensued betveen 
mother and df.ugliter. 

Df ug'nter : "Mother, why can't we stay here 
for suoper?" 

Mother: '"^'ell, 3etty, if ve did stay 
you wouldn't ert anything, 
you never do." 

Daughter: "Oh, mother I'll promise to try 
and eel - honestly I will I" 

Saturday, April 8, 1939 Rain 

Mr and Mrs '7 P Lovell, Jr. of Newburyport, 
Mass. inquired about the v/allpaper in the front lower 
Hall of the Inn. "Tien told about it, Mr Lovell 
ingly said that the old "lOuse in which they live in 
Newburj'-port has the same identicrl paper on the halls 
of three floors. There are several new rolls of the 
paper in the garret of the 'lOuse marked v/ith the name 
of an English maker. 

Mr Hastings of Brookline, Mass. whose wife 
is of the Ticvere family of Massachusetts entertained 
friends from the ".'est at the Inn. He asked if we 
knew tr£ t Lafayette, in ".lis 7/ill, expressed the de- 
sii^e to be ouried uncer a ton of American soil. The 
wish was granted and a ton of American soil sent to 
cover his resting place in France. 


EASTER Sunday, April 9tii,1939 Cloudy 

Not many Easter Bonnets were seen today. There is 
still a decided and determined chill in the air and the 
sun seems loath? to appear for any length of time. 
This morning a light snow fell. This put a kind of ban 
on new spring finery. 

Every year at about this time a Mr, Houghton and 
his mother give us the pleasure of a visit. They come 
from way down in the heart of the Appalachian mountains 
of Kentucky. Mr. Houghton knows the Inn from his 
Harvard College days. After graduating he became associated 
with the Caney Junior College at Pippapass, Kentucky. He 
tells us that this is a small school for mountain whites founded 
by a Miss Lloyd who conducts it according to her own high 
principles and standards. Not much publicity is given the 
school. Funds are raised by private subscription. The 
school maintains a very high standard in a scholastic way, 
Access to the school community is by mule team only. The 
nearest railroad is miles away, Mrs. Houghton acts as a kind 

of house mother in one of the dormitories while her son 
teaches English. But both miss tiieir ov,'n home and their New 
England friends. That is vihy the Houghtons come to the Inn. 
They love the New England scene, the life end the people, and 
the New England traditions. So it is always in the spring 
that they come. ^e vrere not surprised to see them today. 

Monday, April 10, 1939 Cloudy 

A sweet old lady and a real old gentlemen were 
with us today. They are cousins and had a common great, 
great, grandfather by the nerae of John Jenks . He was a 
messenger in Revolutionary times and his journeyings carried 
him all over the settlements from Sf-lem to Ouebec , His diary 
is still treasured by his family. In recounting his travels ^ 
he frequently writes of spending a ni£.ht at Howe*s Tavern in 
Sudbury, Our guests today were Mrs. Francis P. Thomas of 
Jamaica Plain, and Mr. v/m. S. Eaton of Lakeville, Mass. 

Tuesday, April 11, 193 9 Rain and shine 

Six young ladies came for dinner tonight. Each 
registered from a different state as follows: 

Ohio New Hampshire 

Nev/ Jersey Georgia 
Montana California 

Wednesday, April 12, 193 9 Pleasant 

A gentelman v.ho knev; his Howe history visited the 
Inn today. His name is Howe and he is the 9th generation from 
John Howe who came from England to Sudbury in 1638. John's 
son Samuel built the Inn. Samuel had several sons - among 
them David who carried on the inn , and a son Samuel who was 
the great grandfather of our guest. Our guest bears the name of 
John. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and is extremely proud 
of his name and heritage. He has his own Hov/e genealogy on the 
tip of his tongue. Mr. Howe told us that one of his ancestors - 
Daniel Hov/e - was the first person to plant sv/eet corn in the 
State of Vermont. This was at We thersf ield. He brought the 
seeds across the line from Maine, 

Thursday, April 13, 1939 Pleasant 

Fifty men connected with the Hudson, Mass. Savings 
Bank dined here this evening, Aft^er dinner a professional 
entertainer provided amusing tricks for the group, 

Louis Untermeyer, author and editor, paid the Inn a 
visit today. He is to lecture at VTellesley College this 
evening. Besides being a lecturer, Mr. Untermeyer has 
published several books of poetry; one called "This Singing 
World'* is for children. He has also v.ritten a novel 
entitled "Moses". Mr, Untermeyer has contributed articles 
for several magazines, 

A small group of fourteen young people spent a haopy 
evening here in renewing friendships made at the Acadia 
National Park in Mrine, They had dinner and saw moving 
pictures of the Park, shown by one of the rangers there, 

Friday, April 14, 1938 Pleasant 

The Middlesex County Extension Service chose the Inn 
as headquarters for a get-together of agentsof the Extension 
Service of New England, They were here for dinner this evening 
and, as many as could be j^ccomr^odFted, spent the night; the 
others finding lodgings elsewjiere. 

A meeting was held in the Old Ball Room after dinner, 
terminating in group singing* They then assembled around 
the fireplaces for further discussions. 

The President of the Middlesex County Association, 
Mr. Nathaniel Bowditch, who lives nearby, was a guest of honor 
tonight. He is a Trustee of Amherst College , having held this 
position for 43 years. This is considered the record for the 
longest college trusteeship in the country. 


Saturday, April 15, 193 9 Very fair 

The Middlesex County Extension Service, and New 
England County Agents had Breakfest and Luncheon with us. 
The morning being clear and sunny, they had an opportunity to 
wander about the grounds, Y/hen the group was leaving in the 
afternoon, Mr. MacDougall, able organizer of the gathering, 
told us to look at the happy faces going out the door, just in 
case we had any doubts as to the enjoyment of their stay. 


Sunday, April 16, 1939 Pleasant 

Every person in the group of ?4 who came here for 
breakfast this morning, expressed her appreciation of 
the meal and the hospitality afforded. In some waj'-s 
this wss 8n easy group to handle. They were absorbed 
in their own affairs - the work of the Y'ellesley College 

Library. In other ways these women were difficult. 
They knew exactly what they wanted and what they did not 

want. (luite wonderful then that everyone was entirely 
satisfied with the Wayside Inn. They were loud in their 
praises of the food and atmosphere. Fires burned cheerily 
on the hearths to greet them at 9 o'clock. After break- 
fast most of these middle-aged women (Librarians) 
adjourned to the 7/ellesley College Chapel for Sunday morn- 
ing services. 

Monday, April 17, 1939 Cloudy - rain in evening. 

Mr. Charles Nutting discoursed on his forbearg as 
he sat on tVie settle in front of the Ber-room fireplace. 
His family were among the first settlers of Groton, Mass, 
His father stood on the Old Bay Road at Amhearst, Mass. 
to see General Lafayette pass by coach on his trip from 
Albany ^o Boston in 1824. At 16 years of age, his father 
went to Akron. Ohio and returned, making the journey from 
Schenectady to Albany in back of the DeTTitt Clinton engine. 
•William Dam, a forbear of our guest, built the original 
Block House at Dover, New Hampshire, which is now intact 

at the 7/entworth Institute. In looking over old records 
at the Old State House Library in Boston, Mr. Nutting found 
that another ancestor, Ebeneazer Hutting, had stopped at 
Howe's Tavern on his way home from Crov/n Point. 

Tuesday, April 18, 1939 Rain. 

Mrs. G. A. Kyle of Everett, Mass., in admiring the 
Inn's furnishings, casually told us that she has two tables 
which belonged to Longfellow's mother; both taoles are 
San Domingo mahogany; one is a drop-leaf sewing table. 
The tables were purchased by Mrs. Kyle from a family in 
Portland, Me., who originally bought them at the Portland 
home of Longfellow's family. She said she had paid a very 
small sura for the tables and placed full credence in the 
history given, as she was well acquainted with the family 
from whom she purchased the relics. 

Wednesday, April 19, 1939 Cloudy 

"So through the night rode Paul Revere, 
And so through the night went his cry of alarm 
To every Middlesex villiage and farm, - 
A cry of defiance and not of fear, 
. A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door. 
And a word that shall echo forever morel ** 

From Paul Revere 's Ride 
Longfellow' s"Tales of a T'ayside Inn." 

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Klein of Milwaukee, 'Wisconsin 
enjoyed their visit to the Inn so much that they requested 
some definite directions to give friends to whom they wanted 
to recommend the Inn. They were not, however, enthusiastic 
about our New Englamd weather, '^'e have had nearly three 
months of stormy or cloudy weather interspersed with an 
occasional sunny cay. Mr. Klein brought four cameras with 
him but has not taken one picture, so we felt honored when, 
in spite of the cloudy day, he attempted to take a few pictures 
of the Inn. 

Thursday, April 20, 1939 Cloudy 

Sometimes in the turmoil and routine of operation, 
it is heartening to be given a reminder that the old Inn is 
still a haven of rest for the weary wayfarer. Such a 
reminder was given us this v/eek by the Reverend Ray A. Eusden, 
a Congregational minister from Newton, Mass., who stayed here 
a few days. Sitting on the settle by the fireplace he 
leaned his head back, closed his eyes and said: " You can't 
realize what this place means to me - OhJ the relief of getting 
away from the telephone I " 

Mr. Eusden has been with us before but became better 
acquainted and felt more at home on this visit. He entertained 
us with his cheery sense of humor and the recounting of his 
European trip of a year ago. He told us of the beauties of 
Sweden and Norv/ay; of his experiences in Italy and Germany; 
and of his regrets for the old Italy and the old Germany, 
^ith beaming eyes, Mr. Eusden told us that , after his visit 
here of a year ago, he wrote Mr. Ford to thank him for the 
hospitality afforded him at the Inn. In reply he received 
a formal acknowledgment from Mr. Ford's secretary, but to his 
delight Mr. Ford added a v.'ord in his own handqriting with his 
signature . 

Friday , April 21, 1939 Very pleasant 

From the small town of Bridgton, Maine came a 
little family consisting of a mother and tv/o daughters. They 
arrived this afternoon and stayed several hours. During their 
visit we learned that one of the daughters is a senior in High 

Friday, April 21, 1939 continued 

School, while the other is studying in the 8th grade. 
The eighth grader v. as an attractive, wide-awake youngster 
who asked plenty of questions, took notes, rnd bought post 
cards. She told us that her Vocational Guidance teacher 
had recommended the pupils in her class studying Architecture, 
to come to the "/ryside Inn if possible. If a report of the 
Inn could be given and pictures shov/n, then the teacher would 
give more than the ordinary number of credits. Our guest was 
thrilled with her opportunity to come here. It was a surprise 
planned by friends. But we saw behind this fortunate opportunity 
and the kindness of friends, the background of ambitious parents. 
The father is a clergyman and the mother a well educated woman, 
born in England. 

Saturday, April 22,1939 Cloudy 

The following school groups have been conducted 
through the inn the past v.eek: 

27 - Intermediate Christian Endeavor Society, 
Grace Congregational Church, 
Framinghara, Mass. 

14 - East Douglass, Mass, History Club - The Agora 

24 - Boy Scout Troop 57 - 'Worcester Central Congrega- 
tional Church, 

8 - Stearns School Center - Newton, Mass, 

6 - Elmdale School - Uxbridge, Mass, 

6 - Sunday School Class, Park Street Baptist Church, 
Fraraingham, Mass, 

16 - U. S. History Club, High School of Commerce, 
7/orcester, Mass. 

10 - English Class - Brookline ,Mass , High School. 

200- Quabaug School, Palmer, Mass, 


Sunday, April 23, 1939 Partly Cloudy 

Twentyone doctors, some bringing their wives, had 
dinner at the Inn today. They are touring the country on 
an inspection trip of hospit&ls. Along the way thej?- are 
stopping for special medical instruction and "on rge side" 
they are visiting historical sites and places of interest. 
The party here v;as arranged by Carl H. Ditzel of Chicago, 
connected with the passengerdepartroent of the New York 
Central Railroad. He was an excellent manager. The group 
was inclined to lose itself among other guests but Mr, Ditzel 
made sure that everyone in his care heard the story of the 
7?ayside Inn. 

Monday, April 24, 1939 Cloudy 

A charming young lady v.'ho literally towered above all 
other guests was the speaker and entertainer for the Tfalpole 
Womens' Club this afternoon. After luncheon the 75 members of 
the Club adjourned from the dining room to the large bell room 
upstairs. Here they were greeted by a colorful display of 
baskets, scarfs, bright water color paintings and pottery, 
and last of all the young lady above mentioned. Her name is 
Dorotht Andrews, She wps dressed in a beautiful, comparatively 
conservative Mexican native costume. This consisted of a 
large, flowing, red shirt, a white blouse simply embroidered 
and a black velvet bolero jacket. Miss Andrews is a Smith 
College girl, very tall and dark with jet black hair worn in r 
long bob and bangs on her forhead. Ear rings of gold gave her 
the appearance of a real senorita. She spent ten m.onths in 
Mexico with other members of the Junior Class at Smith - and 
I'^ecounted her experiences there in a most entertaining manner. 
She is a clever girl and we hope to see her again. Members of 
the ITalpole Club were loud in their praises of their entertainer 

Tuesday, April 25, 1939 Fair 

Mrs. Sally Clark of New York City, in reading the 
signatures on the Coolidge sap bucket, remarked that she had 
met Edward, the former. King of England, at Nairobi, Africa in 
1928. She attended all the events given in his honor. 
Mrs. Clark is a sculptor, the wife of James Lippet Clark of 
the Museiom of Natural History, and she holds the '<7orld's 
record for women in lion shooting. She has brought down two 
black mane, male lions within two minutes. Her works in 
sculpture include heads of Anne Lindbergh and Amelia Srrhart, 
and she has done the famous quintuplets when six months of age. 

The Norwood 7/omens Club , numbering 131 ladies, held their 
annual meeting and luncheon here today. 

Wednesday, April 26, 1939 Rain 

Rev. Anita Pickett and her husband. Rev, Harold Pickett, 
dined here this evening to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. 
Mrs, Pickett is pastor of the First Parish Church of Bedford, 
Mass., and Mr. Pickett of the Second Church on Nantucket, Island. 
Mrs. Pickett told us that she was a close friend of John Burroughs. 
He offered her the key to 'Slabsides ' for her honeymoon. She and 
Dr. Burroughs met in East Orange, Nev Jersey where he visited 
after an absence of fifty years. They searched together for 
the first East Orange School house where John Burroughs taught 
when the now large city was a farming district. The school 
was found being used as a store on one of the main streets, 

Thursday, April 27, 193 9 Cloudy 

Miss Jane Howe of Glaremont, California, came Into 
the Inn and asked if she could see the Howe genealogy. She is 
in Boston attending Miss "/heelcck's School and , having come 
from so great a distance, is putting in her spare time in 
tracing her family line. She had been to Brookfield, Mass., 
where she found the graves of two great grandfathers, one of 
whom was Abner Howe. She mentioned her kinsman, Tristram 
Coffin the poet, and said she has Phoebe Coffin's wedding 
bonnet - a nink "poke" bonnet with ruffles of ecru lace. 
She spent the afternoon here taking notes from the Howe 
genealogy and Howe bible, 

Friday, April 28, 1939 Cloudy 

Mr, Allan Forbes, President of the State Street 
Trust Company in Boston, has started us on an interesting 
quest. He has requested information regarding the meetings 
of various Hunt Clubs at the Trays ide Inn. He feels sure 
that such clubs as Myopia Hunt and the Norfolk Hunt have 
held meetings here in the past, probably around the beginning 
of the present century, 7?e found a picture of the Norfolk 
Hunt at the 'wayside Inn for Mr. Forbes, and v;e are now engaged 
in looking through the old Register books. These are fascinating 
and one finds many names and records of interest. For instance 
on July 21, 1906 - this historic." 1 item appears; 

"Edward C. Beecher of the 2nd Co, Governors Foot 
Guard, Nev= Haven, Conn., organized April 16, 1775 and, under 
Benedict Arnold, marched for Lexington," 

Such names as Mrs, Cyrus H. McCornick from Chicago, 
and Mrs. Victor DuPont 3rd from Wilmington, Delaware, are 
inscribed. On Thursday, July 30, 1908 a modest poet, who 
signed himself or herself as E,M.G,, wrote the following: 

"Good luck to this house and all within 
May I come again it's cheer to win 
May it stand for many, and many a day 
And it's fame increase as the years 
roll away." 

Saturday, April 29, 1939 Fair 

Mr. Bail, a guest, in comraenting on the fine collection 
of antiques at the Inn, remarked that these things have been 
carefully preserved, v/hereas many people have thrown away just 
such possessions to make way for new. Mr. Bail chuckled as he 
told of his sister who had something like a mania for saving. 
She has half a vest which belonged to John Hancock. It was 
passed down in Mr. Bail's mother's family. An old lady who 
WPS known as 'Auntie Smith' came to live with the family in her 
old age. She had been employed in a tailor shoo in Boston, 
John Hancock, when being feted in Boston, had spilled wine on 
his vest and left it at the tailor shop for renovation. 
"Auntie Smith" put in an entire new half and kept the stained 
half for a memento. Hence the ">reservf'tion of one half of 
John Hancock's vest I 

Wayside Inn Diaiy 

Sunday, April 30, 1939 Pleasant 

Daylight Saving Time vrent into effect today. Tvra Breakfast 
parties v/ere late in getting here. One exclaimed I "Oh, are you on 
the nevv time? We are on old time in our tofml" The other saidj"We 
travel and move around from place to place. We lose track of such things 
as time! " ^ 

T.ny.^ 1 ^ ^"^fl} /roup of students f om the Massachusetts Institute of 

JoW-^-°^ ""^"J^i ^^"/"^ *^^' ^^^^^^g ^^ registered from four forel^^n 
countries. Sweden, Austria, Norway and Switzerland. A younc- min from 
Norway told us that the homestead of his grandparents adjoins S^ old 
estate of our musician Ole Bull. 

Monday, May 1st, 1939 Cloudy 

The Hessian andirons which hold logs in the Bar-room fireplace 
Souse Jl"%T "i ^ ^-^''^'' ^^^ "PP^^- ^^--ight and s?^d"and yet 

^ir-'^^'-j'iir^^^^^^^^ -r -- - ---1 logs. 

^r:^^r r ^-^^-^ ^^^^^^^ wo^r rwS^..-.%^t\ 
wiT^he^rfoi '.iTsir "t^t^^ ^^:^r'> -™^-' 

friinn selling the Hessian soldiers tVEngland En.SS ^'/.T'^ received 
America to fight our colonists. -^l^^^^- England sent them to 

Tuesday, May 2, I939 


Arn..- ^ '??*^®'' ^'^ ^^^^^""^ ^°^^ i^ Greece, with newly acauired 
American citizenshio oaDers in thoir. -w-^v + Z "fy-^J^ acquired 

to the 1™ - a boy ab^uteight and a girl .li TV't'^ *"° f "^^^" 

with this little family Mt'the fathef Sd'^^^t of he'talUnr '^°^'' 

the -ro^h Of th:"L:.Sa' *^L"\s'\h:irrt^lLth^='''ih'^^'^a: T^'"'' °' 
of Greece and the father was morp +h=r. i ^ , .parents are natives 

lamp. He could actually sho his son '^IT """f /' '^^ ^° ^^^ ^^^^^^ 

when preoarinp h.'s school l.Hn^c • ^^^ °^ ^^P ^- ^sed as a boy, 

he used to fiL^i^e'^^t?'^^'.^,^ ""^^ ^^^^ '' '^fT ' «^ ^^^ ^h.t 

oil and study by it witfe no thought' v„; +^T , ^^^^l^ ^^g wick dipped in the 

o. artificial light . ^^^ ^^^^ his la:np was the universal method 

presented^ra^^LSt:?e^e:?S^^^^ ^ f ^%^-P that she has seen, 
had done excellent relief --nVv ^l. r ^ ' ^o a Red Cross nurse Thr^ 

as an expression of fp^^ciSio" °^^^=^ ^"<'- ^'^^ ^^P - given^^'her'^ Lu^es 

Wednesday, May 3rd, 1939 


The Sudbirry T7omens Club came to the inn this year for their 
annual luncheon. The day v/as cloudy and cold but the ladies said that 
it made coming into the cheerful rooms Y/ith fires all the more enjoyable. 
The calend-ulas also added their bright glow to make up for the lack of sun. 
It was Interesting to watch these neighbors exchanging greetings with the 
oft repeated remark that they were just meeting one another at aneighbors 


Three little maids from 
Sudbury who pay us a visit 
quite frequently. They walk 
two or three miles each way. 

Miss Dorothy Andrews who 
entertained the Walpole Womens 
Club here by recounting her 
experiences in Mexico. 

Thursday, May 4-, 1939 Partly Cloudy 

Three teachers from the Laurel Hill Avenue School in 
Providence together with their principal, llr, Charles B. McKay , journeyed 
to the inn today to get information for a radio broadcast. Mr. McKay is 
on the Sadio eoramittee for the Providence Elementary Schools. He plans to 
give a tallc on the inn as one of a series on historical houses. He hopes 
that by doing this he can inspire the children themselves to visit old inns 
and places of historical imporjTance. The broadcast v/ill be given from Station! J i\R 
on the morning of June 1st. 

Friday, May 5, 1939 Pleasant 

Gleanings from our Guests 

The sharp edge circling the bottom of the so called 'hog-scrapei?' 
candlesticks was used in olden times for scraping bristles off hogs. 
"les"one of our guests added- "sometimes a farmer, when that process was 
applied would use the expression - 'candle-ing the hogs". 

^wc bible box has a heavy lock and key. A guest explained that 
Bibles were always kept under Icbck and key in the old days until all the 
eligible young ladies of the family had been married. This was to prevent 
qny prospective bridegroom from learning the age of his sweetheart. 

A man and his wife registered from Wallington, Surrey, England, 
told -us that many people in England today use a kind of Flint lighter instead of 
matches for lighting stoves etc. The lighter is operated by a piece of 
flint and steel struck together . They cost one shilling and six penee. 
There is a tax on matches, explained our guests, and now a tax on the lighter 
too . 

Saturday, May 6, 1939 Pleasant 

A gentlemen, who found the inn of extradorinary interest, 
was Mr. R. !vl. Vandivert, who spent the night here. As he took 1 ave this 

morning, Mr. Vandivert told us that he plans to write a nev/spaper article about the i 

inn. He is associated with the Hearst International Advertising Service 

of the New York Journal- American. His particular work is that of automobile 

editor. Mr. Vandivert gave us some enlightening information about various 

members of his family. - He said that his son is one of the photographers for 

"Life" magazine and has talcen many pictures of the Ford Plant at Dearborn. 

He is noT.' in Holland. Mr. Vandivert 's wife is making a collection of 

geraniums and- probably has the largest variety of them in the United States. 

She has cinnamon, clove, apple and pine scented geraniums. 


Sunday, May 7, 1939 Pleasant 

The large dining room is usually filled with apple blossoms 
and there is a fragrance of spring in the air when the annua.l May 
Breakfast of the Catholic Womens Club is served. Today, however, 
there was a decided v.dntry feeling , apple blossoms were a minus quantity 
and even tho the sun shone, no one felt that spring was actually here. 
This did not in any way interfere vrith the enthusiasm of this group of 
66 women for their brea'-fast. They came from Concord at 9.30 and stayed 
'til noon time. Miss deMille and a friend furnished music of violin and piano. 

Monday, May 8, 1939 Pleasant 

We had the rleasure of entertaining today Miss Marion Manners, 
Director of Home Economics for the Los Angeles Times. Miss Manners 
came to the Innn on the recommendation of Betty Crocker who gave such 
a fine account of the Inn over the Radio sometime ago. 



Tuesday, May 9, 1939 


The Wayside Inn has been featured in news items of local 
Boston papers recently. One item, dated April 18th , brought the readers 
attention to the fact that it was on the iSth of April , nearly one hundred years 
before the Battle of Lexington that the toiTn of Sudbury was attacked by the 
Indians . The article continued by saying that when the Wayside Inn was 
being built, the carpenters had to flee to the Parraenter Garrison House nearby 
during an Indian raid. 

Another news item of May 4-th informs us that nine years ago , serious 
blazes in the woods of Eastern Llassachusetts threatened to burn dovm the 
Wayside Inn. "The ancient hostelry was saved only through the desperate 
efforts of the fire fi^-hters". 

Wednesday, May 10, 1939 


The clock was seemingly turned back today when a real cowboy on a 
magnificent calico pony galloped up to the fromt door v:here the horse took the 
step and stood motionless for at least fifteen minutes - his nose close to the 
screen door - while guests admired him. The cov/boy was "Dakota Joe Kimball", 
He was dressed in full cowboy outfit, sombrero, neckerchief, leather chaps, 
spurs and beaded armlets. He might easily have been a courier, an old time 
traveler, a pony expressman - ones imagination could nake m.any pictures while 
horse and rider stood in the doorway. Our cowboy was not a young man. He 
told us that he came from Dakota some years ago 

Thursday, May 11, 1939 


A party of 32 twachers and students from the State Teachers' 
College at Framingham had a joint business and social gathering at the inn 
this evening. They were given the porch for their dinner and m.eeting , 
and from the laioghter and bursts of sone that issued forth, v;e judged the 
meal to be an enjoyable one. The group was shown through the house, the first 
experience for some of the students, who proved to be interested and responsive 
listeners. Mss Savage, a member of the faculty, who arranged the party, 
\7as profuse in her thanks for the Inn's contribution to the success of the 

Friday, May j.2, 1939 

This young visitor 
was so entranced 
with our stage 
coaches that he 
wanted to make a 
drawing of one 
right avray. 


Friday, May 12, 1939 - Continued 

Mir. Houghton and his mother 
from the Kentucky mountains. 

See Diary of April 9,1939 — 

This looks as if spring 
had reaaly come. A boy from 
our school working on the lawn 
at the front of the Inn 

Saturday, May 13, 1939 Pleasant 

This is the time of year for school groups. Tfe have had 
many during the past \7eek. One especially ?,'e would like to record 
in the diary. This vfas a history class of thirty fine looking girls 
and boys from the Shrewsbury Mass. High School. Tagging along on 
the c tskirts of the group as they went thi'ough the house were some 
transient guests who happened to come in at just the time the school 
children arrived. All were most e.ttentive as the hostess told the 
story. When gathered in the room which General Lafayette occupied 
when he stopped here, one of the ladies who had joined the student group , 
spoke to the hostess about Lafayette. She told of his youth - vfhen he 
came to this country, and of the sacrifices he made to help the American 
cause. The hostess thought the children should be reminded of these 
facts, so she asked the guest to repeat to the whole group what she had 
said. In a loud, clear voice the guest responded. She said that 
Lafayette had come to America when 19 years old. He gave up land and 
v/ealth and all his possessions to serve our colonists. When he arrived 
here his clothes ?^ere tattered and torn, not because he was poor but 
because he had travelled a great distance under trying conditions. 
He served the American cause faitlifully and long. He struggled to 
make America safe for democracy, gave us our freedom. The children 
listened; they stood still ; stopped talking, and when the lady 
had finished they stood in deep silence. 

It was an impressive talk- an impressive scene; there in the 
very room v;here the great General had slept. It was a kind of ceremony 
which we hope the children will never forget. 



Sunday, May lA, 1939 Pleasant 

At noontime the inn was filled with guests, most of them staying 
for dinner. We noticed many young ladies, middle aged ladies, and elderly 
ladies wearing flowers. This was Mother's Day. Many families held a 
kind of reunion with the mother of the family receiving the most attention. 

A I^. Matsuise with 10 members of ^he Chamber of Commerce of 
Honolulu came on the Grey Line Bus to be served dinnei" and to see the house. 

Monday, May 15, 1939 Cloudy 

Many of our guests and Inn personnel are peering into trees and 
turning their ears toward the sky as they look for our "feathered friends" 
these spring days. Miss Fisher discovered an American Redstart in tha lilac 
bush just outside the front door. He is a beautiful little creature with a 
tip of bright red on his v/ing and a brilliant black and orange plumage when he 
hops and flutters about. He is called "candelita" in Spanish - meaning 
"little torchr-bearer" . He is not only beautiful in appearance but claims our 
imagination in other ways. He is an untiring hunter of insects. We liked his scg 
Our bird book says that he winters in the West Indies and from Mexico to gcuador. 

We are also pleased to announce that several wood ducks are lodging on 
the inn estate. They have built nests in the stumps of old apple trees. 
T\7elve pair have been counted and there are probably more not yet discovered. 
Heretofore these birds have been rather scarce but over a long i:eriod of pro- 
tection have made a fine recovery. They are seen wherever water, woods, or 
hollow trees can afford them a home. Here they have spread out in several 
directions on the property. Two pairs have been seen at the Ezekiel Howe hpuse, 
one at the Redstone School, one at the Southwest School, two at the Dairy and so 
on. A distinctive feature of the wood duck is its down- turned bill. 

Tuesday, May 16, 1931 Pleasant 

The Norfolk, Mass. Neighborly Club assembred at the Inn today for an 
annual luncheon. There v.-ere 64. in the party. Among them l<!bcs. Ware, one of the 
founders of the Club and an active member of the Farm and Garden Association. 
Mrs. Ware vo7ote the words for the Wayside Inn Boys School song. She has taken much 
interest in o^rr school boys, and asked to have the boys sing her song today as a 
surprise for the Norfolk group . When all were seated in the large dining room - 
several of the boys came in and j pined Miss deMille near the piano in singing 
Mrs. Ware's song. It is sung to the tune of "Maryland , ^^ Maryland". 

Wednesday, May 17, 1939 Pleasant 

Two middle-aged couples from England were delightful guests. 
Thejr were not talkative or demonstrative by any means, but they proved 
to be appreciative listeners. Their English accent entertained us throughout 
their visit. It also amused other members of the party who chanced to be 
going tlirough the house at th.e same time. When the parlor Y7as reached and the 
portrait of Lyman Kowe described in the words of Longfellow - " A Justice of 
the Peace was he" - our English visitors exclaimed that one member of their 
party, Mr. Edv/ard Edv/ardson, was also a Justice of the Peace in the County of 
Middlesex England . This, of course, was interesting because our own 
Sudburj'- is in Middlesex Coimty , Massachusetts . Lyman Howe was a Justice 
of the Peace in Middlesex County , and our present guest holds the same 
position in a county of the same name , across the sea, the town - Enfield. 
And a more typical Justice of the Peace we have never seen before. He h^d 
a searching look in his eye, glared at us and seldom a smile appeared 
behind his long, flowing mustaches. When we remarked on the similarity of 
the two positions and the two towns and countys, lir» Edwardson sai3>: 
"Oh yes, Faun-cy that"! 

Thursday, May IS, 1939 Pleasant 

A section of the Sophomore Class of Holy Cross College gace a 
farewell dinner at the Inn tonight for one of their professors. They 
were a jolly group of boys and it T^as a pleasure to conduct them through 
the house. As the vsjrious things wer - explained, one boy was pushed 
forv/ard by the group as having something in common with the article described. 
When the signature of Edv/ard, Duke of Windsor, on the Coolidge bucket was 
shown, the romanticist of the group was brought forward ; at the coiirting 
m.irror the one too bashful to plight his troth was acclaimed; In the parlor 
when we pointed out the letter written by Daniel Webster, some bright eyed 
youth caught the nam.e of Henry Clay , so Brutus Clay was called forth as 
a descendant of the Clay family. He was made to sign the guest book and 
registered as Brutus Clay of Paris, Kentucky. 

The Framingham Democratic Womens' Club held a dinner and business 
meeting here this evening. 

Eleven ladies, wives of officers at Fort Devens, Mass., were 
luncheon guests today. 

Friday, May 19, 1939 Pleasant 

A charming young couple came to the inn this evening as dinner 
guests of a friend who has been here a great many times. The guests 
were Lieutenant and Ifrs. E. S. Miller. For young people they shpwed an 
unusual interest and enthusiasm for the Wayside Inn. We told the Lieutenant 
about the coopers and their vfork in the old days; how the coopers made barrels 
and kegs and casks. John Alden was the cooper on the Pilgrim ship Mayflower. 
It was his duty to keep the barrels in repair, sse that they did not leak. 
Tliis v;as important because all ships provisions in those days were stored in 
barrels, kegs and that that type of container. The Lieutenant then informed 
us that he had just stepped off the U. S. Cruiser Savannah, and that the man 
in charge of the store rooms and food supplies , aboard this latest of Navy 
vessels , is a man by the name of John Alden. 

Sat-urday, May 20, 1939 Pleasant 

The Roimd-about Club of Hopedale, Mass., gathered at the Inn 
this evening for dinner. The Club Y/as founded in 1882 and has two charter 
members. One charter member. Miss Anne Bancroft , n&s a regal appearing 
lady with snow white hair. She held quite a reception on the front lawn 
and the group seemed overjoyed at meeting her. One of the ladies in this 
group informed us that she had shaken hands with Ole Bull. He gave a concert 
at the Perkins Institution for the Blind v;hen our guest was a teacher there. 


Sxmday, May 21, 1939 Cloudy, rain 

This was quite a busy day, but not too busy to meet 
John Milanskas,Jr., three weeks old son of John Idilanskas, a graduate 
of the Wayside Inn Boys School. We hardly recognized John Sr. when 
he appeared in the door with a little blue bundle. The hostesses 
agreed they had never seen such joy in any face. He beamingly 
crossed the room to the bar and proudly e^diibited the blue bundle, in 
the depths of which John Jr. serenely slept. 

Monday, May 22, 1939 Rain 

The Austin Co. of Fitchburg entertained 25 men of their company 
at dinner here this evening. They v^ere representatives of the company 
from all parts of the United States - Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, San 
Francisco. We were curious about tlie Austin Company and just what kind 
of Y/ork is done there. We jokingly asked the men if they made the tiny 
Austin automobiles and were informed that theirs was a different business; 
that of contracting for buildings and building materials. They v;ere 
interested in the construction of this old house, the materials used two 
hundred anf fifty years ago, and finally they were anxious to be told about 
everything concerning the house; it's history, the Longfellow association 
and the furnishings. A bus awaited this group to carry them to Worcester 
where they boarded railway sleeping cars. Before leaving many bought 
books and post cards for families"back home'.' 

Tuesday, May 23, 1939 • Cloudy 

the no-where into here" came t?/o bus lo8.ds of people 
this afternoon. They came upon us suddenly and unexpectedly. We had 
had no reservation for such a large group. Here v.'-ere 85 men, women and 
children to be shovm through the house in 30 n^inutes time. We did it 
and comfortably. The group was divided in half; one hostess conducting 
each section. EaEh guest wove a badge with his or her name and home 
city. They were attending a convention of insurance under?,Triters in 

Seventeen ministers with their wives and families - making a 
total of twentyfive, came from Providence to have luncheon here today. 

Wednesday, May 2/,, 1939 Cloudy 

Fifty little Brownies lunched with us today. They are the 
Junior section of the Girl Scouts and came from the Payson Park School 
in Belmont, Mass. This day v/as the birthday of one little Brownie, 
named Ruth, so after grace was said the group sane. "Happy Birthday to 
you." They toured the inn, visited the Mary Lamb School , romped about 
the grounds, and apparently had a successful outing. 

Wednesday, May 24-, 1939 - continued 

Twenty ^yomen from the Roxbury Y?omens Club met here for tea this afternoon, 

Thursday, May 25, 1939 Pleasant 

In reading the l^+ter \7ritten by Ralph Tifaldo Emerson in regard 
to leaving his"shawl and shawl pin" at the inn. Mr. Turnbull of Ne-R-castle- 
on-Tyne, England, remarked in his decided English accent - "Like our 
Chamberlain and his umbrella". 

Friday, May 26, 1939 Pleasant 

There are twentythree lines on one page of our daily register 
book. Today v/e discovered that guests from the follov7ing places were 
all registed on a single :age: 

Berkeley, California Philadelphia, Pa. 

Berne, Sv/itzerland St. Paul, Minnesota 

Atlanta, Georgia Buenos Aires, Ar gent inea 

James to wn,Pihode Island Vancouver, British Columbia 

, Davenport, lov/a Portland, Oregon 
London, England 
Detroit, Michigan 

Granville Hicks, author of "I Love America" , writer for 
the Atlantic Monthly and professor at Harvard University, fcegistered 
in our special guest book today. 

Saturday, May 27, 1939 Pleasant 

We are sure that all the usual things have been said about our 
lilacs in years past, yet every year v/hen they come into blossom, they seem 
more beautiful than the year before. There are, however, a few different 
remarks to make about them this year. They are fuller in blossom. 
Every single lavender flower is crowded with tiny little flovrers - and 
every blossom is ijerfectly formed. The foliage is a fresh shade of 
green and the lavender and white blossoms against it are truly a sight to 
behold. Their fragrance is like the first robin. It gives you a thrill - 
you feel refreshed that blossom time or lilac time is here at last. 
Then, of course, lilacs are an old fashioned flov/er. They often grew near 
the door steps and entrances of houses in the old days. One of our guests 
told us that Wayside Inn lilacs surpassed those at the Arnold Arboretum of 
Harvard University. 


Sunday, May 28, 1939 Cloudy 

Our very first visitors this morning ?;ere a mother and 
daughter from California. The daughter was a middle-aged business 
woman, giving her mother the treat of a vacation in Nev; England. 
They had also been in Canadaand v^ere the first of our guests to 
report a sight of the King and Queen, Ti7e asked them to tell us 
something about the King and the daughter said: " I hardly saw the 
King. My eyes seemed to focus on the Queen. She was charming, 
and so gracious in her manner that I looked right beyond the King 
of England to Her Royal Highness, the Queen." 

Monday, May 29, 1939 Pleasant 

Recent guests cane from Olney, Illinois - the Lincoln Country - 
they called it. They mentioned especially the old inn betv;een 
Flora and Salem, Illinois, v/here Lincoln stayed. It v;as here that 
Lincoln met Ann Rutledge - a place which is losing it's old time 
charm by modern commercial enterprise and a landlord who does not 
appreciate it's historic value. 

A dear old lady made a point of speaking to the hostess after 
her trip through thr inn and this is what she said: "It is very 
wonderful that someone has preserved this old inn so that those of 
us who have loved Longfellow all our lives can come to see it." 

The tables were turned the other day -.rhen a guest, instead of 
remarking on the ingeiiuity a.nd inventiveness of our ancestors, sim- 
ply said, "Aren't v^ dumb I" 

Tuesday, May 30, 1939 Pleasnat 


"You are -ucky to be here where the scene is constantly chang- 
ing", one of o-ar guests remarked as he stood in the corner of the 
Bar room the other day. "This morning", he continued, "you have wel- 
comed 100 boys and girls from a small town way dovm in the state of 
Maine. Just now two pleasant ladies from New York City dressed in 
the latest fashion stepped into the room. Over in the parlor I 
chanced to meet a very brilliant Technology professor and his wife." 
Never mora true is the statement that " the scene is constantly 
changing" than on a holiday such as this. Today is Memeorial Day here 
at the old Inn where memories and traditions abound. We have enter- 
tained himdreds of guests from all "walks" of life; guests whose 
hearts have been filled with memories of loved ones. It is well in- 
deed to set a day apart for such memeories, to think not only of the 
Inn building itself as a great memorial, but it is a day when we 
should pay our respects to the individuals who helped to buiid this 
house, to honor those who have lived here through the centuries and 
to make this a Memeorial Day for all who have come and gone, for all 
who have shared in this ever changing scene at the Wayside Inn. 


Wednesday, May 31, 1939 Pleasant 

A copy of the "Story of Ivlary and Her Little Lamb" was pur- 
chas d today for Peter Cormack of Buffalo, Nev; Yorl, two days oldl 
It was bought by an adoring aimt, Mary Cormack, a vrriter of child- 
ren's stories. 

And speaking of the Mary Lamb School we recently enter- 
tained a retired school teacher who told us that in a small country 
school hoiose vrhere sh=. once taught, the very same incedent occured, 
that is, a lamb followed one of her pupils to school, bolted into 
the schoolroom and gently laid his head on the arm of his mistress. 
In this case it was "Sally's" lamb. 

Thursday, June 1, 1939 Pleasant 

Several of the Inn staff listened to a radio program about 
the Yfayside Inn v;hich was broadcast from Station WJAR this morning. 
WJAR is a Providence, Pt.I. station. The prog-ram was given by the Prov- 
idence Elementary Schools to proraote interest in literary and historic 
shrines. Y/e were soon taken into the Parlor of the Inn where an im- 
aginary conversation around the fireplace v/as being held. The charac- 
ters impersonate d were 'ir Ford, r.Ir Firestone and Mr Edison. In fact 
the title of the broadcast was, "An Evening v;ith Henry Ford at the 
Wayside Inn." In a friendly'- chat with his friends, I.Ir Ford ansvrered 
many questions regarding the Inn, its history and furnishings, Long- 
fellow and the Tales of a Wayside Inn. It was a novel idea, well 
planned and executed in a pleasin,^; manner. The scrip was vn^itten by 
an exchange teacher from Seattle, Washington. 

The Governor's Y/ife, Ivirs Leverett Saltonstall was the guest 
of honor at a luncheon held at the Inn today by the Harvard College 
Women's Club. There v.'ere I63 members in attendance. We did not have a 

chance to see tlrs Saltonstall for any langth of time. She was hurried 
in and out of the house and sat at the far end of the large dining 
room, the center figure at the head table. 

Other guesta at the Inn today were Framingham Normal School 
teachers giving a farewell dinner to a retiring teacher and a group of 
about 30 from Seekonk, Mass. The latter, a D.A.R. annual luncheon 

Friday, June 2, 1939 Pleasant 

A guest who had just dropped in for dinner took the tour 
through the Inn and then went to ihe Ballroom to watch the dancing 
class of the Boys School. Later he caDie to the Bar room and said that 
he had had what he considered a very unusual experience. He explained 
that he is a psychiatrist here from St. Loiiis to study Massachusetts 
methods. He has visited many schools for boys in the state and has felt 
that the staff and boys were more or less on dress parade, as they 
v.'9re told in advance that he was coming. Tonight, ho\7ever, he had by 
mere chance, happened on a group of boys v/here he could observe their 
behavior in their regular environment. He v;as imv^ressed by the fact 
that these boys, while technically under supervision, were a free and 
happy group, enjOjin<=, normal social contacts in a charming old-time at- 


Sat-urday, June 3, 1939 Pleasant 

Several dinner guests v^cre tiirilled tonight Y/hen they discovered 
that v/e were entertaining tlir e men from the Britiash Cruiser, "South- 
hampton" . This is one of the cruisers which accompanied the ship on 
v/hich the King and Queen of En^^land arrived. The young men vrere friend- 
ly and talkative. One of them a little more so than the others. With 
his English accent he ajiSTrered a \7h0le roomful of guests. For instance 
he called Longfellow's book, "The Tyles of a Tfyside Inn". And in speak- 
ing of an old maid, he said "old Myd" . All three sailors apparently en- 
joyed the house very much although they had seen many similar things in 
their oTTn coimtry. They gave us a hearty invitation to visit their crui- 
ser which is in port at Boston for several days. 



Sunday, Jtine 4., 1939 Pleasant 

Ivlrs. Peters of Berkeley, California came to the Inn v;ith 
her daughters, Polly and Alice of college age. IVIrs. Peters, v,'hen in 
the Parlor, asked the hostess to read froru the Prelude to the Tales. 
It was on Oct. 20, 1912 that a similar scene took place. Pfrs. Peters 
was then a yoimg girl and a student at Dana Hall. A group of the 
students came to the Inn to have tea. They sat around a candle 
lighted table in the Parlor while one of the Dana Hall teachers read 
from the Tales. That night Mrs. Peters v-xote to her fan.ily a long 
letter giiling them the details of her visit here. The letter is now 
carefully preserved and Mr-. Peters has promised to send us a copy 
of it. 

Monday, June 5, 1939 Pleasant 

Dr. McCollester wcs indeed to be congratulated this evening 
when one hundred and sixty people gathered in our large dining room 
to pay tribute to him on this, his eightieth birthday. To Dr. Mc 
Collester himself there must have been a deep feeling of satisfaction 
for eighty years well spent in gathering about him this fine group of 
people v;ho voluntarily came to honor him - and everyone a friend. 
Dr. Lee S. McCollester is a member of the Wayside Inn Fraters group. 
Dr. Frank Oliver Hrll another Prater and classmate came from New York 
to be the principal speaker of the evening. Dr. Leonard Carmichael, 
President of Tufts College was Toastmaster. Dr. McCollester, now Dean 
Emeritus of the Tufts School of Religion vias formerly pastor of the 
Universalist Church in Detroit, Michigan. 

Tuesday, June y, 1939 Pleasant 

An African princess lunched here this noon time. She 
registered as Nina Sogo and her home is in Queenstov.rrtjj^ So. Africa 
where she teaches school. Recently she was the first woman of her 
particular So. African tribe ev -r to attend a World Missionary 
Conference as an official delegate. The Conference was held in India 
and from, there Miss Sogo has been travelling into all parts of the United 
States and Canada giving a report of the conference. She speaks English 
well and was an excellent listener a-- she heard the story of the house. 
A guest in the dining room who had heajrd Miss Sogo speak in Montreal 
recognized her and went over to a nearby table to speak to her. 

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Wednesday, June 7, 1939 Pleasant 

We are having many attractive children visit the Inn these 
days - just before the closing of school. Miss dsMille reports a 
cunning little ^irl who unselfconsciously made the following remark 
V7hen she came ppon the small bust of Paul Revere in the Parlor, she 
said: "I have been to his house and he has been dead for a long, long 
time . " 

The other day a serious young boy of about 7 years in one of 
the school groups going through the Inn was shown the Hutch table, he 
asked: "Whet little baby did they hide in there?" 

Just as three children, 2 boys and a girl were leaving the 
Inn on a busy afternoon, the older boy of about 9 years, turned to the 
hostess and asked this intelligent question: "Can you please tell me 
v;hat parts of this house are new?" 

Thursday June 8, 1939 Partly cloudy 

A wood-duck -.vith 9 baby ducklings has been reported at the 
Hagar Pond. 

A distinguished visitor to the Inn today was Dr. H. K. 
Vfestendorp, His titles are as follows: 

President, National Academy of Fine Arts 
President, Museum of Asiatic Art 

Amsterdam, Holland 

Friday, June 9, 1939 Pleasant 

An overnight guest who told us that he w:,s an Englishman 
who had married an Americaji girl, was tremendously interested in our 
Wayside Inn Boys School and was more than pleased that he had arrived 
on the ver;-- evening of the boys dancing class. He told us that in 
Birmingham, England there is a boys school of the same sort founded in 
the year 1216. It is a school for underprivileged boys, originally 
established by a public spirited citizen and has since been endov/ed by 
various other philanthropists. Our gu.est told us that the boys in the 
present school wear the same type clothing as the boys wore when the 
school first opened. The furniture used in fee buildings is of the same 
period, 1216. 

Saturday June 10, 1939 Pleasant 

School groups this week have been as follows: 

35 - 7th Grade, ^^emorial Jr. High School, Framingham, Mass. 
92 - 6th Grade, Aborn School, Lynn, Mass. 

100 - 6th Grade, Cottage St. School 

50 - St. Rose School, Chelsea, Mass. 

27 - Senior Class group, Bristol, New Hampshire 

36 - Jolly Trolley Trippers, Southern Jr. High School, Somerville, Mass 
26 - Plymouth Guild, Plymouth Congregational Church, Belmont, Mass. 

33 - 9th Grade, Norwood, Mar.s. 

29 - Lymansville School, No. Providence, R. I. 

120 - Athol Jr. High School, Athol, Mass. 


Sunday, June 11, 1939 Very pleasant 

Marian McCurdy, 15 years old today, spent her Birthday at 
the Wayside Inn. Marian has been coming to the Inn since a baby. Her 
parents live in Cambridge where Mr, McCurdy is a Harvard professor. 
Then as little brothers and sisters entered the family they too have 
been brought to this old house - now a sort of second home for the 
McCurdys. We've watched them all grow ip fro^. babyhood. Marian is 
now quite a young lady and blushing as she stood in the Bar-room Avhile 
the rest of the family spoke to us of her anniversary day. 

Monday, June 12, 1939 Warm 

A sweet girl graduate clecbrated the completion of foirr years 
of intensive work by giving a dinnner party at the Inn tonight. She 
invited relatives and friends numbering 30 in all. The Davoren family 
had seen Mary graduate from Boston University earlier in the day. They 
v;ere all pleased to honor her as they sat dov^Ti at one long table in our 
large dining room. Mary was not as young as some of the graduates ve have 
seen. She is a working girl who has devoted three evenings a v/eek to 
her studies. And to make her efforts to obtain an education still more 
noteworthy, she comm.uted from her home in T.Tilford, Mass. to the college in 

Tuesday, June 13, 1939 Pleasant 

Graduation exercises for our own ?/ayside Inn schools v^ere held 
this evening in the large Ball room. We viere impressed -dth the dignity 
of the occasion and the splendid way in which the affair v;as conducted. 
Tfeat a pretty sight to see the tiny Mary Lamb children coming down the 
aisle tv7o by two as they led the procession of graduates I Marching on- 
v;ard - that is virhat they are all doing, the tiny tots as well as the six 
fine looking boys who are marching on from the Wayside Inn Boys School - 
all are stepping forwaxd into new pathv/ays of life. 

The house is filled this evening v.dth school cliildren - not 
only those from our own schools, but many of the guests are of school age- 
yoimg people with their parents. Two or three beautiful girls were seen 
in the Bar-room, this evening, among them I'-Iiss Moody from Radcliffe College 
with her mother - staying overnight. Miss Moody is alv/ays smartly dressedj 
this evening wearing a gay yellow print dress v-'ith large red bag dangling 
from her shoulder. 


Wednesday June L4, 1939 Pleasant 

We have had as a recent interested and interesting guest, 
lltrs. Olive Day Pulford whose grandmother's barn was vrhere Mr. Ford's 
f:rst car was made. IJlr, Ford rented and lived in Mrs. Pulford 's aunts 
home. She is Mrs. E. S. Pulford of Sacremento, California. 

Thijrsday, June 15, 1939 Pleasajit 

Three hundred representatives of Package Stores throughout the 
United States enjoyed luncheon here today. Bus loads arrived continuously 
beginning at 12 o'clock, Luncheon was served in the large dining room. 
Shortly before these lioncheon guests arrived a group of one hundred school 
children from the J. S. Kendall School, Belmont, Mass. flocked from their 
basses through the Inn and grounds "rhile another hundred from the Shewsbiny 
Mass. schools came to see the Inn. 

Friday, June 16, 1939 Pleasant 

It gave us a great deal of pleasiore today to see Joe and Koffie. 
Joe is the tffriver of the Tauck Tour group and Koffie the Conductor. They 
have started the summer season of >8leekly stops at the Inn. Todaj "^here 
vrere 23 passengers on tie Toiu* - starting from New York City last Sunday. 
They go by bus through the Adirondack Mountains across Lake Chaniplain to 
the White Mountains, from there to Portland, Maine then to Boston and reach 
the Inn every Friday in time for lunch. These are such \7ell conducted 
groups and the passengers aboard are such delightful people, T.-e feel like 
greeting old friends each time they come. Joe and Koffie are really true 
and loysQ. friends. 

The Graduation Ball of the Boys School was held in the large 
Ball -room this evening. 

Saturday, June 17, 1939 Pleasant 


The Lafayette coach had a particular a*ppeal today to guests 
from the West and middle West. Having no Biuiker Hill Day in their home 
towns, visiting Boston and Bunker Hill and then seeing the coach in which 
Dafayette rode to the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill monument 
seemed a very fitting climax to their historical tour. 


Sunday, Jtine IS, 1939 


Miss deMlle is very fond of the children who come to see 
the Inn and they show a great amount of interest in the story of the 
Inn which she tells to them. They often respond to her remarks by 
telling her of other old things they have seen. They ask questions 
and are perfectly attentive and quiet when they should be so. Mss 
deMille often gives us a note for the Diary about the children. To- 
day v/e find tucked into our notes this item in Miss deMille 's handvirriting : 

To a little girl: 

"This is a hatchel to comb flajc. 
Do you know what they make from 

Little girl: 

"Yes, flax seed poultice" 

Monday, June 19, 1939 

Very pleasant 

Every now ojid then we run across a real collector of antiques 
among our guests. Of course there are those guests who make special 
collections of things for a hobby such as stamps or bells or pewter - 
but once in a while we meet someone who collects all kinds of American 
antiques, one who devotes most of his life and money to finding rare 
old pieces and who turns aside as ordinary the commonly called "antique". 
Such a collector came into the Bar-room this aftern oon and inquired of 
the hostess the price of a nights lodging. Upon hearing the price, our 
guest decided to stay and registered as Mr. A. L. Haas 
from Nev/ Haven, Conn. A young man accompanied Mr, Haas. The young man 
it seems, has an aunt v/ho lives in Ipswich, Mass. who, in turn, owns a 
very fine early Ipswich chest. The chest is- according to authorities - 
a rare specimen and was made dtiring the last quarter of the 17th century. 
It reposes in the attic of said aunt who, it was hoped hy our guests, would 
be persuaded to part with the chest by giving it to her nephew - the 
nephew then turning it over to Mr. Haas. So the story of the quest of the 
chest was told the hostess and her advice asked in just how to approach 
the aunt in order to make her feel ready and willing to dispose of the 
chest. It was a matter of great and grave importance to Mr. Haas. 

Tuesday, Jione 20., 1939 


Our Professor Schell of the Waysiders winter group celebrated 
his 25th Wedding anniversary at the Inn this evening. (She party was 
arranged as a surprise by Miss Esther Schell a daughter and consisted of 
a small family gathering. 

This was the Yfedding day of other of our guests who were married 
this afternoon and :arae here for a wedding dinner. There were a total of 
^8 guests int his party under the name of French. 

A third group this evening made reservations for dinner and 
enjoyed themselves in the large dining room. They were the Bell-^iS of 
St. Mary's, a group of 11 who graduated from St. Mary's High School in 
Cambridge twenty-eight years ago. 


Wednesday, June 21, 1939 Partly cloudy 

This was a day of days. At 12 noon the first convoy 'of busses 
began to arrive. In them were wives of members of the Kiwanis Club 
now having a national convention in Boston. There were women from all 
parts of the United States, women from the South and Xlest and from the 
Nev/ England states. Vfe have seldom, if ever, seen so many women - and 
all well mannered and quiet so that serving them was a pleasurable task. 

Over one thousand six hundred were served luncheon. It was arranged 
Buffet style so that as soon as the ladies had passed through the old 
rooms of the Inn they followed in line to the new wing of the house where 
they found chicken salad, hot rolls, coffee and ice cream and cake awaiting 
them. It is remarkable that every one in this very large group was able 
to see the old house and have luncheon in a comfortable T/ay. All had left 
the house by 3:15 o'clock in the afternoon. 

Thursday, June 22, 1939 Very pleasant 

Trra small children with their parents visited the Inn this 
afternoon and told us that they came from French West Africa. The parents 
are missionaries there. The small boy of the family told Ms hostess 
that he would like to go to Concord and Lexington and to the Wayside Inn 
so that he could tell his African playmates about such historical things 
in America. 

This evening a very modest appearing lady vdth a boy of about 
high school age came in to see the house. They were not dinner guests and 
were without hats. They came from Georgia and asked innumerable questions. 
When leaving they told us about another member of their family. He is 
T. J. Hamilton who lives in London and incites for the Nev; York Times. Upon 
graduation from a small Georgia High School he won a Rhodes Scholarship and 
graduated from Oxford University in England. IThen in his early 20 's he 
was offered the chair of modern History at Yale. This mother and brother 
beamed with pride as they told their story. 

Friday, June 23, 1939 Pleasant 

A recent overnight guest was Mrs. Stone, a native of England- 
now married and living in America. She is a teacher of English folk 
dances and gave us the names of some of her dances. 

None such 


Black Joke 

Gathering peaspods 


Saturday, June 24., 1939 Pleasant 

The Monson High School, class of 1924-, and the Scituate Junior 

High School Travel Club visited the Inn today making a total of 61 children. 

These are probably the last of the school groups for the season - as 
practically all schools closed during this week. 

Conrad Nagle, famed movie actor and his daughter were luncheon 
guests today and remarked on leaving that they had enjoyed the Inn very 
much - particularly the daughter who is having ^historical tour in Hevr 
England undsr her father's guidance. Mr. Nagle was popular in films 
ten or fifteen years ago. The daughter is an attractive young lady in 
her late teens, ?;e should say* 


Sunday, June 25, 1939 Partly cloudy 

Tv7enty-five yoimg v.omen from the Cavalry Settlement 
House in Philadelphia caTne via bus from Boston to have luncheon 
at the Inn today. They v/ere girls of foreign extraction 
taking advantage of v.hat a city recreational center has to offer 
to those v.ho live in crowded tenement districts and seldom 
travel aray from them. These girls, hov,ever, had in various 
ways earned money enough for a sight seeing trip in New England 
and v/ere apparently enjoying every minute of their holiday, 

A guest called attention to the fact that at 3:15 
this afternoon, 20 different states and territories had been 
represented here today. He took his count from the guest 
register book. 

Monday, June 26, 1939 Cloudy 

A pleasant middle aged couple spent the luncheon 
hour with us today. They v/ere carrying a bright red covered 
book v;ith them v.'hich v/e recognized as "Adventures in Good 
Eating" by Duncan Hines, In this book is a list of good 
eating places on every highvjay and byway in the United States, 
Our guests told us that they had used this food guide v.'hile 
touring the Pacific Coast and were now finding it helpful while 
on an Estern trip. They said "We drove 2/^0 miles this morning 
to have luncheon at the Yvayside Inn, on Mr Hines' recommendation," 

The Reverend James Henderson and Rlrs Henderson of 
Washington, D. C, were other luncheon guests today, lllr Henderson 
is chaplain at the St Albans Boys School connected with the 
National Cathedral. Mrs Henderson acts as hostess in the 
cathedral one day a week and conducts visitors through this 
magnificent church. 

Tuesday, June 27, 1939 Pleasant 

This has been another "day of days". About 100 
members of the Home Department of the V.esley Methodist Church 
in Worcester enjoyed a picnic supper at the Inn late this 
afternoon. They arrived early in the afternoon and v;ere con- 
ducted through the Inn in small groups. Then they sat about 
on the lav;n and m.ade themselves at home. Tiiis was a really 
great event. All are old people, feeble and frail, confined to 
an Old Folks Home or to their o'.vn homes. Once a year the Church 
gives them an outing. The Deaconess of the Church had been uu 

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Tuesday, June 27, 1939 (continued) 

early in the morning making sandwiches and seeing that all v. as in 
readiness for the trip to Sudbury. The amount of happiness 
given can never be estimated. It v;as seen on the face of a sweet 
old lady here and a gray haired man there. It was felt in the 
hand clapping after a short entertainment and heard in the chatter 
while the picnic supper was being consumed. A v.ondeiful service 
rendered by the church and a rare treat for its aged friends. 

Diiring the afternoon v^'e singled out among the crov/d a 
man of middle age who seemed especially appreciative of the Inn. 
He was not with the church group and wanted to look about by 
himself. He told us of an old house he ov.tis in Connecticut. 
During the course of the conversation v«'e discovered our guest 
to be Mr V.'alter Tittle, noted artist. 

In the evening another distinguished guest modestly 
told us of her work after friends had urged her to do so. She 
is I/Irs Myrtle Bank Quinlan, author of the Quinlan Readers for 
school chilaren. She has come from Oklahoma to v^ork in the 
publishing offices of Allyn & Bacon in Boston. Here she is in 
daily contact with editors, technicians and artists, giving 
to her book a perfect balance betv/een text and illustrations. 
She v.-as trea.endously interested in the old McGuffey readers and 
we v.'ere pleased to show her our set of reprints of the McGuffey 
books , 

Wednesday, June 28, 1939 Pleasant 

The house was thronged this noon time with 126 members 
of the Kappa Phi Club, having lioncheon here. This is a Methodist 
Girls Club and girls from all parts of the United States are 
attending a conference in Boston. 

Thursday, June 29, 1939 Pleasant 

Preparations have been under way for sometime for 
the Sudbury Tercentenary celebration. Our dancing master, 
Mr Haynes, is in charge of a Tercentenary^ Ball tc '~e held in the 
Tov.n Hall next Monday evening. Pictures of tovms folk in 
Colonial dress have been talcen with the Wayside I^n as an 
appropriate setting. The Boys School will participate by entering 
two floats in the Parade. The stage coach, ox cart and our fire 
engines will be seen in the Parade. It was 300 years ago that 
the tovm of Sudbury v/as incorporated - l639» Jolin Hov;e was one 
of the first settlers. He is often called the Immigrant Ancestor 
of the V.'ayside Inn because it his son Samuel who built the Inn, 
Two families of Howe descendants visited the Inn toaay. 

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Friday, June ^^ 1939 Pleasant 

The mailman has brought a letter from our friend 
Mr Hall, the yoimg man who accompanied Mr Haas on his quest 
for the Ipsv.dch chest. He VvTites as follows: 

"V/e stopped on the way to Ipsv.ich and bought 
a two pound box of candy. Upon arriving at 
my aunts house we presented her v«'ith the candy. 
TTe commented on how well she looked and sympa- 
thized with her concerning a recent illness. 

In due time v.e v;ent up into the attic to see 
the chest. After having looked it over we 
went down into the living room again. Needless 
to say, the chest remained where it v."as! " 

Saturday, July 1, 1939 Pleasant 

Mrs Jane Bennett, teacher in the Southwest School 
through the school term has joined the hostess staff of the 
Inn today. In the afternoons she will go down to the Redstone 
School to keep it open to visitors. The historical interest 
of the little red school v.dth its story of Tvlary and her lamb 
has an unusual appeal. Our guests all know the poem, they 
are interested in Mary and very often recall their ovm 
school days, spent in the same sort of school building. Pirs 
Bennett lives in the center of South Sudbury. In the evening 
she v;ill assume the regular duties of hostess at the Inn. 


Sunday, JvCLj 2, 1939 





One of 

nev7 timers 
in old dress 

Sudbury began its Tercentenary celebration last 
evening with t"o plays given in the Toirn Hall. These depicted 
the life of the early inhabitants of the tovm with a love story 
woven into the setting. Sudbury is having a gala celebration 
and the Inn is keeping "open house". This afternoon the rooms 
were filled with old timers and new timers - old residents of the 
tov/n and new ones - many babies in arms. The Sudbury women have 
worked hard in making appropriate dresses to wear and several 
appeared in the convertional Puritan cost^jme which is so often 
seen pictured on Priscilla in the "Courtship of Myles Standish". 
Many Priscilla maidens big and little were our ^ests this 
afternoon. Several old men and -'omen, descendants of the Howe 
family made themselves known to us and stayed long in enjoying 
the hospitality of the Inn. 

Monday, July 3, 1939 


This being a long holiday week-end we are busy with 
throngs of out-of-state guests touring in New England. These, 
together with the Sudbury visitors here for the 300th Anniversary 
of the incorporation of the town, ar^^ giving us a house full of 
guests every minute of the day. The "open hoiise" is continuing 
today and the old and new families of Sudbury are apparently having 
a fine time in their recognition of the founding of the town. It 
is hard to realize in the present that Sudbury in the past was one 
of the largest tov/ns in the county of Middlesex. Among the names 
of those who cajne from Y.'atertown "for want of accommodation" in 
1638 to establish a new settlement on the banks of the Musketequid 
River, was one John Howe. His son Samuel built the Wayside Inn. 
Samuel was a carpenter by trade and helped to build the first 
meeting house. It is fitting that the Inn take its part in this 
Tercentenary event. 




Tuesday, Jtdy 4-, 1939 


And the Inn took its pa.rt in the Sudbury celebration 
in many v;ays. Last evening the children froa our schools gave 
a very fine demonstrntion of old fashioned dancing in the ToTm 
Hall. This v;as before a large audience attending the Tercentenary 
Ball. This morning the Wayside Inn entered seven exhibits in the 
Parade vThich started at 11 O'clock and proceeded frc^ South 
Sudbury center to Sudbury Center. The boys frora oui- school made 
a splended showing on their tv/o floats; one showing the first 
school in Sudbury and the other the incorporation of the tov.-n. 
The Stage Coach brought forth much applause along the line of 
march ~ith the oldest inhabitants of the tovm riding in it. Our 
ox cart, chaise and fire engines "^e e also seen in the procession. 

Start of the Parade 

Building of Homes 


Wednesday, July 5, 1939 Very warm 

We are having the traditional of Jiily r/eather v,'ith 
the therraoneter hovering in the 80 's and 90' s. It was too vvarm 
to attend a convention; to go on a sight seeing bus or to do the 
usual things expected of a tourist. So remarked one of our 
guests vfho belonged in the group of 120 who lunched here today. 
These v/ere members of the International Association of Clothing 
Designers. One poor v;oman who looked more than fatigued and was 
fanning herself with one of the "program of events" told us that 
she would much rather sit down and do needlework - as our ancestors 
did - than attned a convention. Conventions were unheard of in 
our great grandmother's day and luckily for theri welfare - on a 
hot day, thought our puffing guest. 

Thursday, July 6, 1939 Warm 

A guest hearing about our pipe tongs and church-warden pipe, 
asked if we knew about Keen's Chop House in Ne"- Yo: k and showed us 
his ticket of membership into it which reads: 

"Mr. Cecil Nickolls is hereby identified 
as a life member of the illustrious 
company who follow the ancient custom of 
calling for their "clay" after dinner 
at Keems. As such he is to be accorded 
consideration. His "chiirch warden" 
bearing the above number is in our 
custody and reserved for his use v/henever 
he partakes of this tavern's hospitality." 

Friday, July 7, 1939 Pleasant 

The Tauck Tour came on their regular trip today and 
brought 32 guests for luncheon. 

Saturday, July 8, 1939 Pleasant 

Ten members of the British Motor Club enjoyed luncheon 
here today. They are touring the United States in a fleet of 
English made motor cars. There are forty persons on the trip, 
the men very tweedy and the women attractive in a "hurray-for- 
the -outdoors" way. 

WAYSIDE lim Dl.mi 

Sunday, Jvily 9, 1939 Pleasant 

Last week Sunday'" v:ds ovr very crowded day v.-ith the 
Sudbury Tercentenary celebration under vray and the week end 
holiday of the 4-th of July. The registration of names of our 
guests covered several pages. Someone has discovered on a 
page of the Register book, the name of Alfred M. Landon - 
Kansas. The signature has been identified since as that of 
the former Republican Presidential nominee. The hostesses do 
not recall the gentleman and he apparently vias lost in the 
crowd of regular sightseers - not making himself known to us. 

Monday, July 10, 1939 Very warm 

"You make a good verger" said one of our guests to 
a hostess today. The hostess had never heard the word; she 
didn't knoY." v/hether a verger ?'as bird, beast or fish. Then 
the guest explained. He said that in England, a guide - one 
who talces you aroiond and explains things - is a verger. 

Tuesday, JuJLy 11, 1939 Very wann 

-M-^w^^Ti.q g- '^T-y yr-p r,i\ -Tnl i 1 "|- . T ' h jp t1 'H4; t ^— feddl;i{^ b^-Uil Vbl'Setry-? 
ThTT^r-j-L v^-rki- e^ hum a u ii Lli-j Iii U-i ^ ^ rrTor-by-^ . 

Miss A. M. Sullivan heading the X club dined here 
here this evening. The club is made up of girls who are em- 
ployed in Tourists Agencies throughout the state. Fifty-four 
members were in attendance. 

Another dinner group this evening consisted of teachers 
who are studying at the Harvard Summer school. They are teachers 
of Social Sciences from all sections of the United States; Alabajna, 
Nev: York and M;ine. Their guest of honor was Professor A. N. 
Schlesinger, Head of the Department of History at Harvard. 

Wednesday, July 12, 1939 Very warm 

Bobby deserves a special p^e of the Diary. He is 
Bobby Buckland, 121- years, who came from Texas to visit the 
Wayside Inn yesterday; yes ma'am. "Yes ma'am" said Bobby when 
we asked him if he liked the Wayside Inn - "and I might tell my 
children to come here", he added. It was surprising hov: much 
Texas history our young visitor had on the tip of his tongue. 
Ind he knew as much about Texas geography. He was almost a 
walking encyclopedia. He told us that in some places the state 
of Texas is 800 or 1,000 miles across; yes ma'am. He recounted 
several incidents in the Battle of the Alamo in I836 when the 
Texans and Mexicans fought. Bobby comes from the grapefruit 
section of Texas where they grow the pink grapefruit and send it 
all over the world, yes ma'am. 



Thursday, July 13, 1939 Very pleasant 

Recent guests; 

Mr. and T.!rs. L. Winthrop Collver from Greenwich, 


They told of coming to the Inn in 1905 
for a Christmas party given by a r»Ir. and 
lilrs, Sewell of Concord. The party was 
jollyj the guests stayed two or three 
days. A Ball ^as held in the old Ball 
room and all wore Colonial costume. "Our 
courtship was settledthat night" remarked 
Mr. Collver. The Coll vers v/ere apparently 
coming back for sentimenal old times sake. 
They wanted especially to see the Ball 

Elizabeth KcCracken, Associate Editor of the 
"Living Church" an Episcopal publication and 
T.riter for the Atlantic Ibnthly. 

She knew Alice Longfellow and told us that 
the Lon|fellop;s were Episcopalians. Mss 
McCracken's father and mother v/ere invited 
to dinner at Craige House given in honor 
of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Friday, July 14, 1939 Pleasant 

Recent remarks ; 

"This is my favorite place to bring people" 

Hostess; ?/ith the legs its a spider and v/ith- 

out legs its a frying pan. 
Small boy; "It should have five more legs to 

be a spider I" 

"My father who is nov/ 85 years old - born and 
brought up in Kentucky - used to run to the 
neighbors house for live coals to start the 
fire. Matches cost 50 cents apiece at that 
time . " 


Saturday, July 15, 1939 Very pleasant 

I'lT, and lilrs. Max Plowman of East Orange, N. J. are old 
T/ayside Inn friends. They are spending three nights here. 

Mr. and LTrs. Carl Hood and two daughters arrived late 
this afternoon to be our guests for several days. 


Sunday, July 16, 1939 Very pleasant 

A group of fifteen women teachers came ? or Breakfast this 
morning. They were from the Plattsburg Normal School at Plattsburg, 
N. Y. Every year we entertain a grouy from this same school - on a 
historical tour as part of their summer education. 

Monday, July 17, 1939 Pleasant 

A lovely tall dignified lady told us today that she lives 
in Woodstock, Connecticut and has a lajrge collection of fans v.hich 
she would like to have us see sometime. Her name is Mrs. Bowen. 
She used to come here in Mr. Lemon's time. She said she knew Mr. 
Lemon well. Then she added: "I've been here hundreds of times but 
I have never heard a thing about the house. If I come some morn- 
ing will a hostess be here to take me through and tell me all about 

Tuesday, July 18, 1939 Pleasant 

A charming young woman c jne for lioncheon today and after 
seeing the house told us that she is now Mr. J. Philip Lrjue and is 
living in nearby Weston. Formerly, Mrs, Lane was Ellenor Cook, 
interpreter of folk songs of Central and Eastern Europe. She has 
given recitals before audiences in such well known places as the 
Cosmopolitan Club of Nevr York, the Hollywood, Cal. Woman's Club, the 
University of Virginia and the Executive Mansion, Albany, N. Y. 
Mrs. Lane was delighted with the Inn and thought our Ball room would 
make a fine setting for her songs which she gives in native costume. 

Wednesday, July 19, 1939 Pleasant 

Nev/s of the Week 

Guest: "The most interesting thing of all is the 
Stage Coach" 

Henry Ford o f 1^427 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 
visited the Inn during the past week with friends 
from Texas. 

A guest, who is a descendant of General Israel Putnam, 
owns a wooden suo-ar bowl with cover which was a 
wedding gift to the great Revolutionary hero. 

Back in the days when Abraham Lincoln lived in 
Illinois, dances were held in the Town Hall. A 
guest told us that her Grandmother took for her 
partner a young swain of the neighborhood and 
went to the sajne dances which Lincisn attended. 


Thursday, July 20, 1939 Pleasant 

Two very attractive middle-aged men lunched here this noon. 
They were Dr. Edmund Duval and Dr. S. Trexler from NewYork City. 
The latter is head of the United Lutheran Synod of Hev^ York State 
and all Lutheran churches of New England. These two gentlemen live 
together at 39 East 35th Street in Ner: York. They were charming 
guests and jolly. They joked and laughed a great deal. 

Friday, July 21, 1939 Pleasant 

Small groups of campers are likely to appear most any time 
these busy Summer days and today a company of small boys arrived. 
One small chap of about 10 years came back after the trip through the 
house to look at things all by himself. He gazed at the flint-lock 
musket for a long time. Then he went into the Tap room. We got a 
profile view as his eyes focused on the glass bottles in the cup- 
board. Here was a dark haired boy in short sleeved summer shirt. 
Tucked into the front of the shirt v/as a bag of lunch making a great 
hump at the v/aist line. Around his waist a sweater vras tied together 
making c. large bow in front and a kind of apron in back. Pointing 
to a small bottle on the Tap room shelf, this delightful youngster 
turned to the hostess and said: "Aint that a dainty piece?" 

Saturday, July 22, 1939 Very pleasant 

The Tauck Tours had a "double header" this week. They 
came yesterday and brought another group again today . 

A Y.M.G.A expedition from Canton, Ohio came to see the Inn 
this afternoon. There were about 50 adults in the party. 


Sunday, July 23, 1939 Pleasant 

The flint lighter or pistol tinder is still a source of 
great interest and pleasure to oiir guests. Recently a piece of 
flint was placed in the proper "jaw" of the lighter. TOien '■he 
trigger is pulled the flint hits a piece of steel and creates a 
large bright spark. Today a guest showed partic\alar interest in the 
lighter and told us that it was developed from or used at the 
same time as the old Powder testers. These worked the same way; 
the spark dropping into a pan which held the powder ; the time in- 
volved in obtaining the spark determined the grade of powder used. 

Monday, July 24-, 1939 Pleasant 

A woman connected vdLth Marshall Field's store in Chicago 
told us today that at the entrance into their display of early 
American rooms is a copy of the Bar in our old Bar room. She said 
that in taking groups of people through the store the guide always 
annoimces that the Bar is a copy of the one at Wayside Inn. Per- 
haps this accounts in part for the number of guests we have enter- 
tained this summer from Chicago. 

Today operations started for moving -he Gate House which 
was built by the former owner of the Inn, Mr. Edward R. Lemon 
in 1909. The building was erected of old timber and is a copy of 
an English Gate house. It will be moved across the road to the left 
of the parking space. 

Tuesday, July 25, 1939 Pleasant 

The Inn continues to be a source of educational pleasure 
as is evidenced in these remarks from our guests: 

"We have had a very instructive morning" 

" Why, we are having a regular college education here". 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hood and daughter left today after their 
visit which was spent in seeing the Inn and other historical places 
aroimd Boston. 


Wednesday, July 26, 1939 Pleasant 

"I hope they ^tIII leave some of the old places for we 
need links with the past generations. There are few enough in 
America at best", thus wrote Samuel Longfellow, brother of the poet. 
One of the hostesses found this bit of writing at the Wadsworth- 
Longfellow house in Portland Maine which she visited today. Samuel, 
so the hostess^ in Portland told us, was as able a poet and writer as 
i&& his brother Henry. The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is a com- 
fortable three story house on busy Congress Street in Portland. It 
was built by the poet's grandfather. General Peleg Wadsworth. Here 
Longfellow lived during his childhood and often came back to it. He 
vrrote the "Rainy Day" v^oem here. His bed room is on the third floor 
and he always occupied the same room in later years. A large collection 
of original manuscripts and pictures are arranged on the walls. An 
oil painting of the poet when he was a professor at Bowdoin College 
is especially striking. He had a handsome face - delicate in feature, 
sensitive of line with highly pink cheeks. We discovered a lovely 
pair of pipie tongs , hand-wrought by the poet's great, great grand- 
father, Stephen Longfellow. He is called the "Blacksmith" grandfather. 
In the kitchen, a very complete array of old fireplace equipment can 
be seen. The custodians were agreeable and friendly. The house is 
owned by the Maine Historical Society. 

Then we rode do\Tn to the water front and found the Longfellow 
Birthplace. It was easy to find, pictures of the poet and his con- 
temporaries being tacked onto the outside clapboards of the house. 
The admission charge is 50 cents. Inside the really fine old house is 
one of the most beautiful stair^,i7ays we have ever seen. The furniture, 
however, is of the poorest kind of the mid- Victorian era and dirty. 
The whole place was a disappointment. The custodian is a Mr. Jackson 
who tells us that he is the president of the International. Longfellow 

Thursday, July 27, 1939 Cloudy 

Guests of the week; 

Ten teachers attending a Summer School of Music at 
Auburndale, Mass. visited the Inn one evening during the 
Past week. They represented schools from every part of 
the country. Superintendents of schools at Santa Barbara, 
California, Nueva, Viscaya, Philipine Islands and Los 
Angeles County, California were our guests. 

Mrs. 0. C. Ansley of Petersham, Mass, bought an 
antique sofa a few years ago said to have belonged to 
to Mary Sawyer Tyler - our Mary in the poem of "Mary Had 
a Little Lamb". 

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Thursday, July 27, 1939 continued C 

Guests of the week; 

Mrs. Woodford Anderson recent guest, told us 
that her great uncle, Samuel Griswold Goodrich wrote 
many books for school children , among them the 
■ "Peter Parley" books. 

Twelve girls and 3 counsellors from Camp Poplar 
in Bolton, Mass. visited the Inn one evening this 

Friday, July 28, 1939 Fair, warm 

Allen Wojciski of Clifford Park, N. J. a man of 
about thi-"ty years of age, signed the guest book and then 
beside his own name in parenthesis, he put the name (Miss 
Higgins). He explained that Miss Higgins was a beloved teacher 
of his boyhood. She instilled in him a love and appreciation 
of Longfellow and advised her pupils to visit the Wayside Inn 
as soon as an opportunity presented itself. This wa:: Allen's 
first visit to the Inn and although Miss Higgins has long 
since passed on, he said he felt she was walking by his side 
as he went through the Inn. He signed her name in the book 
feeling that she was certainly a guest with him here today. 

A distinguished looking colored man visited the Inn 
today. He approached the hostess at the Bar and made quite a 
long speech in perfect English. He is a retired school principal 
of the Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky and added that 
he was honorably retired. "Can I t^ treated ab a little child?" 
he asked on seeing the sign at the front door saying that 
children are admitted free. "I came out from Boston where my 
vriLfe is attending a Club meeting, to see one of the fine things 
Mr. Ford is doing." He was much pleased when told he would be 
our guest. His name : lUr, \J. H. Fonce. 

Saturday, July 29, 1939 Partly cloudy 

A prominent guest today was Mi". H. Bernard Robinson of 
Hull, England who sat for the greater part of the afternoon under 
the trees on the front lawn with pen and ink and paper in hand. 
He made a charming pen and ink sketch of the Inn; also one of the 
mill. We discovered that Mr. Robinson is a well loiown English 
artist. He sketches historical subjects, paints landscapes and 
portraits also. He has recently made sketches of scenes in 
"Wuthering Heights", the Bronte' book and recently seen on the 
screen. These dreawings -ere reproduced on china made by Wedgwood, 
g-. Robinson has a letter from H.R.H. tie Queen thanking him for 
these sketches. The Wedgwood "Wuthering Heights" pattern has been 
sold out and can no longer be obtained. 


Sunday, July 30, 1939 Cloudy 

A New Englander, born and bred, spoke about our food today. 
He said: "I've been gone from Nev: England ten years - live in New 
York now - and today for the first time in years I have tested ^ome 
real Nev; England food. Please congratulate your cook on her fine 
Indian pudding and Turkey stuffing." 

Sarah Josepha Hale, one of the few women authors of her tirae, 
wrote the last three stanzas of the poem "Msxy Had a Little Lamb". 
Today her great grandson, Ivlr. Richard 0. Hale visited the Inn. Also 
the schoool house which Mary attended. He came with Mrs. Hale and told 
us that he is a professor of English at the University of North Dakota. 
He is studying at Harvard University this summer. 

Monday, July 31, 1939 Showers 

Sixty winners of a contest sponsered by Rexall Drug Stores 
stopped here for luncheon today. They are on their v/ay to see the 
World's Fair - their reward. 

Speaking of the World's Fair at New York, some pleasant 
young ladies from the West coast ^old us that they had chosen a trip 
through New England visiting "more permanent shrines like the fiajslde 
Inn" in preference to a stop at the Fair. 

Tuesday, August 1, 1939 Pleasant 

Everytime we have looked out the window today, the Gate House 
has moved several more feet from its old location to7/ards its new one. 
Soon it will be across the highway and placed on its new foundation to 
the left of the parking space. Here it will be far enough av/ay so as not 
to obstruct the view of the Inn to the passer-by. The Inn will seem more 
than ever - as Longfellov; says: 

"In a region of repose it seems 
A place of slumber and of dreajus 
Remote amohg the wooded hills I" 

Mrs, Harold Mills, from Shews biuy, Mass. told us today in a 
decidedly Southern accent that her mother, Mrs. Lottie 0' Daniel Lanier 
was a teacher in the school at Ways Station, Georgia now owned by 
yir. Ford. 

An appreci3.tive visitor today was a young lady from Scotland 
who has been working in this country for 2 years. 


Town Crier 

Three little Priscilla 
maids from 



Wednesday Aggust 2, 1939 Very pleasant 

Miss Mary E. Gould, authority on old wooden v;are, limched 
here again yesterday. She comes occasionally because she lives in 
?/orcester and because she loves the old Inn. Miss Gould is about to 
publish a boo&lon her pet subject so needless to say, she knov/s a great 
deal about the kind of things made from wood and the kind of woods used 
in making, where and how and why. Our wooden ware in the old Kitchen 
alY;ays interests Miss Gould trememdously and she is so "full2 of her 
subject that she talks of almost nothing else, thereby enlightening us 
on many points. 

This note v^as sent to Emma our cook by a recent guest: 

"May I compliment you on the most delicious 
butterscotch sauce I have ever eaten?" 

The following remark is made frequently by our summer guests 
and has been recorded in the Diary in previous years. It will bear 
repeating, hov/ever. This year and this day the compliment came from 
visitors from the state of Pennsylvania: 

* "We have enjoyed the Wayside Inn more than any 
other place on our trip" . 

Thursday, August 3) 1939 Very warm 

This was a fine day for city children to come to the coimtry. 
They came, SO in number, from Boston's East side and brought their lunch 
for a picnic under the pines at the Redstone School. After lunch they 
came through the Inn and visited the Mill. Several instructors, social 
workers, brought this group of summer playground children. 

In the late afternoon y/e entertained 60 students from the 
university Summer School at Greenville, North Carolina. 
They had spent the day sightseeing and were feeling very weary by the 
time they reached the Inn. In spite of their fatigue many v/ent through 
the rooms with note book and pencil in ha.nd and appeared tremendously 
interested in what they savf here. 

Friday, August 4, 1939 Rain 

Something unusual occurred today. Yes, RAIN! It was a 
welcome sight and came in a terrific dovmpour at about 2 o'clock this 
afternoon. YiTiat a God-send to the farmers and to all of us after a 
dry spell of nearly a month. This will settle some of the dust and 
turn our brown la^fns green ajid make the Vegetables grow in our gardens, 
we hope. The rain -,vas so vrelcorae that the Tauck Tour group did not 
feel any inconvenience or discomfort in being deprived of their usual 
visit to the School house. Instead, Joe drove the Bus or Coach, as they 
call it, to the front of the school house. Miss deMille as "teacher" 
took megaphone in hand and right there inside the Bus with rain pouring 
down on all sides, told the Tauck passengers the story of the little red 
building. It Viras indeed a novel experience for both "teacher" and 


Saturday, August 5, 1939 Pleasant 

We are always on the liokout for guests v;hom we think are 
worthy of a place in our Special guest book. Sometiines we are taken 
by surprise and find that the most modest looking guest is the very 
one who deserves to write his or her name in our book. Today v/e discovered 
an extremely modest lady to be the great, great, grand neice of General 
George Washington. She is Lliss Elizabeth F. Washington of Philadelphia - 
an artist by profession. She registered in our Special book. 


Sunday, August 6, 1939 Pleasant 

George Pearson is a conductor on the Gray Line Bus. 
He v-Tites poetry too and talks on the Radio. Every Sxmday 
evening he reads the poems that he has written over a Boston 
station. If a listener v/ants a poem composed about a certain 
historical place, then George is asked to vo^ite it. He can 
write splendid little jioems about places he has been and poeple he 
har met. These have been put into book form. Sometimes George 
makes sketches of the place to accompany the poem. So we think 
George is very clever and very modest, too. He comes to the Inn 
every day through the stimmer bringing one or more Bus loads of people 
to have luncheon here. Tonight T/e heard George recite his poetry on 
the radio. 

Monday, August 7, 1939 Pleasant 

A hi^stess had just finished telling a group of interested 
guests the story of the house. She then took her place behind the 
Bar to sell books and post cards. Several members of her group 
came to the Ba.r and she chanced to ask first one then the other hov; 
far he or she had journeyed to see the Wayside Inn. "London, England" 
came the prompt reply of the first young lady. Then came Ksjisas City 
Missouri, Hamilton Ontario and Sacremento, California as the answers 
were given. A large area represented in a short space of time. 

Dr. and Mrs. McClure from the Ford Hospital in Detroit Vi,'ere 
luncheon guests today. 

Tuesday, August 8, 1939 Pleasant 

Very often when we tell the young people in school or college 
or even the tiniest tot of pre-school age that they are entitled to a 
free visit to ree the Wayside Inn, their faces light up and they 
beam a smile in silent appreciation. Sometimes they say "thank you very 
much". Today a young man of about 12 years replied in the following 
way: "Well, this is one time I'm thankful that I'm going to school!" 

Wednesday, August 9, 1939 Pleasant 

Everyboday likes the new location of the Gate House. By 
"everyboday" .Te mean the oldest irJiabitants of the Inn, the employees 
who have been here the longest. They have been used to seeing the 
Gate House in its old location for years and years. Now they all say 
that the nexi place is better. It looks better than ever before. You 
get a better perspective of it and even though there is still more 
work to be done on it, the building looks as if it belonged across the 
road, appears as if it had always been there. The guests, the ones 
who come frequently and those v;ho come occasionally are alike in their 
praise of the change. 


Thursday August 10, 1939 Pleasant 

Recent g:uests; 

Mayor and Mrs. Dart of Barnstable, England - in this 
country to attend the 300th anniversary of the founding of the tov-n 
of Barnstable, Mass. on Cape Cod. 

Mr. and T^rs. Creedleman from the Ford Motor Co. at 
Dearborn visited the Inn today and told one of the hostesses about the 
Summer camps being organized for underprivileged boys. 

lilr. Henry C. Rusr-k, President of the Masters, Wardens 
and Secretaries Association, First Masonic District of Maine, Presque 
Isle, Maine. 

P'riday, August 11, 1939 Pleasant 

Recent remarks; 

"If you hear someone prowling around here in the night, 
please do not shoot. It will be my spirit. I vdll be here many times 
in spirit." 

"Do you mind if I take a stick of v/ood from your wood- 
box as a souvenier? I make all kinds of things from the vood collected 
from various places I have visited." 

"A picture I took v."ith my camera of a scene at the 
Wayside Inn gave me Honorable Mention in the Photo Art Magazine contest 
of 1938 held at San Francisco." (I. R. McCall, Fansteel Metallu rgical 
Corp. , North Chicago, Illinois) 

Saturday. August 12, 1939 Pleasant 

A short, kindly old gentleman was renewing his acquaintance 
with Longfellow tliis afternoon v-hen 7:e found him in the Parlor oi the Inn. 
He was Jir. Reuben Smith. In younger years, Mr. Smith worked at the 
Riverside Press in Cambridge and in this v/ay he was privileged to meet 
many of the literati of that day. Holmes, Emerson, T^lhittier, Lovsell and 
Longfellow. Mr. Jones remembers spending a long afternoon w?.th Mr. 
Longfellow and said that the poet had made him feel like the only 
Mr. Smith in the vfhole world I" 


Sunday, Aug. 13, 1939 


Seen under the shade of the trees on our front lawn these 
days is I^Ir. Frederick Bobbins with his cheery smile and cordial greeting 
to all who look over his shoulder. Mcny people do look over his shoulder 
and peer at the sketch Tvhich Ivir, Robbins is malcing of the Inn. Later 
he will work the sketch into an etching. Mr. Robbins is an able artist 
of this vicinity, Westboro, Mass. He has done many fine etchings; both 
landscapes and portraits. And he is as capable with the brush as v/ith 
the pencil or pen. We know some murals he has done showing a Mexican 
scene. Undoubtedly his "Inn" will be an unusual, interesting picture. 
We wish some artist r^ould take the new view of the Inn created at the 
place left vacant by the Gate House. 

Mr. Frederick Robbins 


Monday, Aug. U, 1939 


I^Irs. Bennett who is serving as hostess at the Redstone School 
during these Summer a-Cternoons reports a delightful visit this afternoon 
T/ith Miss Webster of the Scotch Settlement Sch ol in Greenfield Village. 
I\trs. Bennett is a teacher, too. She teaches in our Southwest school 
whenwhen school is in session. Undoubtedly Ivlrs. Bennett ^nd Tiiss Webster 
found many common interests. 

Nearly 200 people, men, women and children came to see the house 
towards the end of this busy day. They V7ere visitors from the International 
Stewards and Caterers Association, holding meetings in Boston. 


Tuesday Aug. 15, 1939 Pleasant 

We have heard of early American furniture, early American 
soap and early American writing-paper, but today \7e learned of an 
early American tour for the first time. This was a group of 25 from 
Chicago, calling themselves "The Early American Toul*'-'. 

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1939 Very v/arm 

Sally Eilers, stage and screen star found her way from 
Cape Cod to the Wayside Inn today. She is playing in a surame"" the??tre 
at Dennis, Mass. I-Iiss Fisher who escorted her through the Inii tells 
us that Miss Eilers is interested in old fashioned things and asked to 
be directed to a good antique shop. She was accompanied by two ladies- 
had lunch and registered in our Special Guest book. 

Thursday, Aug. 17, 1939 Cloudy 

A very nice,v;ell behaved girl from Witch«ta, Kansas spoke 
to the hostess this aiorning. '^he was a prim and proper young lady of 
8th Grade age and she asked whereshe could see some oxen. "We don't 
have very many oxen in Kansas. We have Buffalo", she said. The 
conversation continued ?/ith an account of Greenfield Village vrhich the 
child had seen last year and hopes to see again this year. She 
ended by saying: "We are enjoying these old things so much - and Mother 
and Daddy both have movie cameras to record our trip". 

Twenty-four students from the State Teachers College at 
Montclair, N. J. visited the Inn this afternoon. 

Friday, Aug. 18, 1939 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Rucker and their three tall boys, J.G. , Joe and 
Bill Jim were here this afternoon and told us they are from Dearborn 
and the boys attend school in Greenfield Village. They stayed a long 
time and -ere particularly interested in the Mary Lamb School. Shortly 
before the Rucker family visited the school house, three people had 
wandered in and had seated themselves behind the tiny desks. All 
three proved to be teachers, one from Concord, Mass. - a middle aged 
man rrhotfeaches Commercial subjects, a young man who teaches English at 
Petersburg, Va. and the third, a vfhite haired lady who supervises 
Drama in the schools at Richmond, Va. 


Saturday, Aiig. 19, 1939 Cloudy 

"V\,Taat happened to the Spanish Jew?" "He told a particularly 
interesting story". This V7as the first question the young man asked 
after he had heard the story of the Parlor of the Inn. Such an 
intelligent questionl We were not surprised, hovirever, because we had 
noticed the bright, brovm eyes and broad forehead of the young man as 
he accompanied the hostess through the house. He is an instructor in 
English at the University of Chicago and is spending sometinie at the 
Harvard College Library in doing research work on 17th century English 
Literature. The Y/hole Keast family v;as here; mother and father , two 
daughters and the son; all from Chicago. The son impressed us the 
most vrith his extcemely brilliant mind. Seldom do we encounter one 
with such depth of thDught and understanding concerning New England 
history and literature - and this his first visit to New England. 

wAisiDE lira Dimi 

Sunday, August 20, 1939 


Some overnight guests by the name of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Fields 
Ox Dobbs Ferry, N. Y. cheered us up considerably today. The gaiety T/as 
due for the most part to Mr. Fields good nature and good sense of 
humor. He had a pleasant v.ord for everybody. He laughed and made fun and 
last night he amused the waitress in the dining room by saying that -.vhile 
Mary ^ad a Little i<amb, he preferred to have a little lamb stew! 

Monday August 21, 1939 

Recent guests have been the following: 


Mr. Peter A. Manzies from Glasgow, Scotland - on 
his way to the World's Fair dressed in kilts. 

Mr. ?7allace Nutting - pioneer in the fiid of research 
in Early American furniture and author of several books 
on the subject. 

Charles F. Prescott, ovmer of the first Lincoln Zeypher 
automobile in the town of Wakefield, Mess. 

Tuesday, August 22, 1939 

George Pearson v.hose picture we have 
for today, is seen frequently aroujid the Inn 
in the Summer time. He comes every day with 
the Grey Line Bus as Conductor and Guide 
and everybody likes George . He is capable 
as a poet too and has written a book of 
poems v;hich we keep on the table for the en- 
joyment of our g-uests. His simple poems 
touch the heart strings and are informative 
as well -re gar ding historical landmarks in 
and aro^d Boston. 


V/ednesday, August 23, 1939 

An accountant of the Ford Motor Co. and his wife, lir, and Mrs. 
J. J. Filiger had dinner here this evening and before dinner took a motor 
tour around the estate visiting the Mary Lemb School, the Boys School, the 
Mill etc. Mrs. illiger was an attractive little vraman v.ho told us that her 
husband travels all over the VJorld and she goes -vith him! They had 
visited the Inn several years ago. 


Thursday, August 24., 1939 


This busy little guest helped our boy 
rake the front v/alk. He .handled the broom and 
dust pan like a veteran.-. 

Meanwhile his baby sisler reposed under 
a tree in her great big basket. 


Gate House 


process of 



present location 


Friday, August 25, 1939 Rain 

Of primary importance today was the arrival of our landlord 
Mr. Henry Ford and Ivlrs. Ford together with Ulrs. Gaston Plantiff and 
Mr. Frank Campsall. We hope that their stay will be long and enjoyable. 

Saturday, August 26, 1939 Pleasant 

In t]ie Tauck Tour group today v7as a lively youn^- lady who was 
a veritable actress - whether professional or not. YHien called upon to 
recite tliis young lady began by saying: "Ylhen T was in the first grade, 
my teacher asked me to recite a poem and this is what I said: "Mary Had 
a Little Lamb" etc. But she recited the pem in a very bashful manner, 
pulling on her dress and v?iping off make-believe tears and standing first 
on one foot then on the other. Next came an interpretation of a >ith grader 
reciting the same poem, hurridly and without expression. Then the 8th 
grader in a very serious manner came next. Last the Senior in High School 
using her powder vuff between lines I It was a real entertainment and 
received the applause of a whole room full of people. Hardly ever have v;e 
had as clever a "pupil" in our Suimner session at the Redstone School. 


Sunday, August 27, 1939 Pleasant 

The house was filled vv'ith people all day long - some knov/ing 
that llr. and lArs. Ford were paying us a visit, others totally unaware 
of their presence, '-l-'hose who knew rejoinced in their being here and 
the old beams of the house looked down upon us as if they were glad too. 
Very often we feel that the "stairways worn and crazy doors and creaking 
and uneven floors" know just what is going on here. They have watched 
generation after generation come and go - and if they could speak to us 
today, they v/euld surely say: ""We are proud to belong to Mr. and Llrs. 
Ford", So say we all of us - proud that we are keepers of their dear old 
y/ayside Inn. 

Monday, August 28, 1939 Pleasant 

Longf ello^v' s storj-- of "Elizabeth" in the Tales of a Waysiee 
Inn is one of the most popular of all the Tales. The scene is laid in 
a Quaker District of New Jersey, Elizabeth's name v.'as Elizabeth Haddon. 
The present Haddonfield, New Jersey is named in her honor and there you 
can see the site of the house where she lived, according to one of our 
guests today v/ho now meices his home in Haddonfield. Mr. Marshall came 
with his son for dinner this evening and told us that he too , is of the 
Quaker faith and was at one time clerk of the same Quaker Meeting House 
which Elizabeth attended. Elizabeth Haddon was also Clerk of the church 
in her time and the records are still there in her handwriting. On the 
day her husband, John Estaugh died, Elizabeth left a blank page. Around 
the place where Elizabeth lived and which Longfellow describes, are the 
same cedar trees and a few of the out buildings such as the smoke-house. 
Elizabeth's farm was some distance from the town at that time. Long- 
fellow says; 

The house is far from the village 
We should be lonely here, were it 

not for Friends that in passing 
Sometimes tarry overnight and 
make us glad by their coming." 

Tuesday, August 29, 1939 Cloudy 

The whole Wayside Inn faaily rejoiced in the news today that 
Mr. Ford is to build a Chapel at the corner of Dutton Hoad and the Post 
F.oad. .'■The site is very near the Redstone School. It is within easy 
reach of the Boys School and v.ill be a kind of link in making the schools 
the Mill and the Inn a unified group of old time buildings. The Chapel 
will, in a way, bring our V/ayside Inn family into a closer community life. 
All are looking forv/ard to the actual erection of the Chapel ?.iiich, we 
understand, is to be like the beautiful Martha-Mary Chapel in Greenfield 


Wednesday, August 30, 1939 


At four o'clock this afternoon IJirs. Ford tuirned over 
the first spade full of dirt on the Piite of the new Chapel. The 
spade us^ was presented to the Wayside Inn Boys School by Judge 
Henry H. Shute of Exeter, N. H. June 10, 1931. 

We heard today of a large collection of old flat-iron stands. 
The guest, Mrs, M. N. Ludlow of Troy, New Yor^: told us of her hobby 
which has been in finding flat-iron stands of brass, bronze and iron. 
Many of then are very beautiful in design, explained Mr. Ludlow, and 
she has hundreds of them hanging on the v/alls of her house. 

Guest today: "Can my 16 year old daughter come in?" "I can't 

affords to see the house but my daughter is studyirg 
American History and I am very anxious for her to 
know about the Wayside Inn." 

The hostess explained that students are permitted to come in 

free of charge and the Mother was invited to join her daiighter 

in seeing the house. 

Thursday, August 31, 1939 


Mr. and Mrs. Ford left today after spending nearly a week at 
their Wayside Inn. liThile they v/ere here, work v/as begun on clearing 
much of the foliage from the direct front part of the Inn and on either side 
front. This gives a much better view of the Inn from the road. It makes 
the Inn stand out more prominately on the land^'^f^oe. One guest expressed 
his view of the change in this v/ay. "It 1 gives more character to the Inn." 
Then, too, the Inn looks more like it did in the days when the mode of 
travel, vras by stage coach or on horseback. Mcny old pictures of the Inn 
show it as it is goiiig to looji ^>.^!J_t^_ work of clearingjfche jiebris is 

jarmg^the ^^7ill5w^^Cr«§^3«#ay 


Friday, September 1, 1939 


The "Quintuplets grovm up" Ccune to the Inn today. They are the 
Hamilton siv-^ters, five of them, now grovnri up. 

They are not really quintuplets, but are i'iv->^ ';. '.urs v/ho have 
lived good, v.'holesone lives and have kept in touch -vvith each other all 
through the years. Two are not married and live together in East Northfield, 
Mass. The other three are married and live in the foUov/ing places. Canton, 
Ohio, Riclmond Hill, N. I. and Fitchburg, Mass. Today they are having 
a re-union at the VJayside Inn. They came hers for luncheon and spent a 
pleasant Afternoon in visiting the Redstone School and in having their 
pictures teJcen. 

Saturday September 2, 1939 


A distinguished visitor today came from Jerusalem, Palestine. 
He was the Reverend Raphael Quinn. He told us that open saucer type grease 
lamps are still being used in Palestine. . . lamps similar to our Betty 
lamps in the old Kitchen and that olive oil is used as the burning fluid - 
just as in Bibical days. 

Question at the Mary L-^mb school to member of the Tauck Tour group; 

"TOiat did the lamb do?" 
Guest: "Produced two pairs of stockings". 

This, after the story had been told of how Mary's mother 
knit two pairs of stockings from the yarn that came from the 
first fleece of the little lamb. 


The stone wall takes the place of the lilac hedge. There 
cLre still plenty of treas and shrubs left to make shadows on the 
Inn - - as will be seen in this picture. 

The removal of the hedge gives our guests a 
chance to see the marker which tells of Vrashington's 
journey to Cambridge by this spot in 1775. 


S-unday, Sept. 3, 1939 


To this quiet, peaceful Inn there came this morning the 
shocking news that War had been declared betv/een Great Britain and 
Germany. . . and later in the morning that France had joined with 
England. Right away we felt the tenseness of the situation among 
our guests. They did not mention it, but the feeling was there - the 
tremendous futility of sttling disputes with the lives of men. We 
noticed a sadness, a silent horror appear on the faces of our guests 
as we mentioned our Revilutionary V/ar relics. One of the hostesses 
has suggested that we leave out the story df the Hessian soldier 
andirons . 

Monday, Spet. 4-, 1939 


In this holiday crowd a pleasant, refined woman spoke to 
us about the HL hinges. She said that she •rfa^ a friend of Emily 
Post, the famous authority on social etiquette. Miss Post has an 
old house at Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard Island. There she has 
canopy beds and H and L hinges and all things old. One day our guest 
told Miss Post about the New England tradition concerning the hinges - 
how in Salem they call them Holy Lord hinges and that they were 
supposed to keep witches away. lAlss Post was thrilled \' the story 
and has never ceased talking about it - according to our guest. 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1939 


The lilac hedge which has shielded the Inn from the road 
for many years was removed today. This is carrying out the plan of 
giving the Inn itself a better appearance. The Inn seems to be 
coming into its ovm on the landscape as the foliage is eliminated. All 
the guests like the chanr;e and speak of it as a great improvement. 

Inn from the West showing new stone wall 


Wednesday Sept. 6, 1939 Partly cloudy 

A little 6 year old boy from Dallas, Texas entertained 
one oithe hostesses and several guests today by playing on the 
piano in the small Ball room. He v/as Charles Webb and recently appeared 
appeared on Major Solves Radio program in Nev; York called the "Amateur 
Hour". He has als© been heard on a Radio station in his ovm home city. 
Among the selections Charles rendered on our old squa-re piano this after- 
noon YT&s "Home on the Range" ^^hich seemed to be his favorite piece. 

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1939 ' Pleasant 

For a long time T7e have vrrnted a receipe for wafers to be 
made in our v.afer iron which hangs near the fire place in the Bar-room. 
One of our guests from Detroit has sent a very old German receipe to 
Mss Fisher and much to our surprise it has chocdilate and cinnamon and 
cloves in it. The sender is Mrs. George Dygert of 4-81 Lenox Avenue 
who explains that the wafers >^.re a German delicacy called "Zimmetvraffeln" 
or translahited means "cinnamon Waffles". The receipe is as follows: 

1-1/4 lb. Sugar 

6 eggs 

3/A lb Butter melted 

I/Iix v;ell and add 

2 level tblsp. cinnamon 

2 level tsp. cloves 

2 squares melted bitter chocolate (2 oz.) 

Add enough flour to make a dough firm enough to 
roll into balls. Leave stnd overni.;:ht. Roll into ba.lls. 
Grease waffle iron with butter, insert a ball of dough. 
Press iron together and bake on both sides. (The iron 
has to be reaJ. hot) 

Friday, Sept. S, 1939 Rain 

Small boy gazing at hearth broom by the side of the fireplace; 
"Mother, is tha.t the witches broom?" 

Tv/o little children in Clarkesburg, West Vir£;inia vvill be 
pleased to see grandmother rrhen she comes home from a trip through New 
England, /jid under Grandmother's arm vfill be tucked several copies of 
the story of Mary's Little Lamb . . . two copies are for the grand- 
children to take to their teachers on the day school opens. 

Saturday, Sept. 9, 1939 Pleasant 

Recent guests: 

"A\mt Agnes"from Secretary House in Greenfield, Village. 

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Saturday, Sept. 9, 1939 - continued 

Recent guests: 

Mrs. Yi'. A. Leonard, Westport, Conn, v/ho has a very old 
"money changers "table like our center table in the Bar room. 

Dr. Tta. D. Coolidge of Schnectady, N. Y. 'i'rho invented 
the Ductile I'ungstan lamp. Also perfected the Cathode Ray 
used in hospitals. 

Ivlr. George Gregory Tchaika, officer in the Russian Rev- 
olution. Has been in America 7 years. E. C. Hayes of Great Harrington, Mass who told us 
that the charter of the Great Barrington Ivlasonic Lodge bears 
the signature of P-:iul Revere rrho was at that time Grand i%ster 
of the Masonic Order for Massachusetts. 


Sunday, September 10, 1939 Cloudy 

T.'e spent an interesting forenoon talking with 
Ur. Ted M-dlone viho, with lyirs. Malone, v;as an overnight guest here 
last night. lir. Malone is planning a series of Broadcasts over 
the Blue netv.'ork of the National Broadcasting company. He expects 
to take the listener on a pilgrimage to literary shrines made 
fsjnous by well knovm American poets. He v.ill give his broadcast 
directly from the house or place which the poet describes. Therefore 
Ivlt. Llalone would like to use the Inn as the setting for one of his 
t:lks. He is an experienced broadcaster and has a daily program of 

Mr. George Eberling and son froru Dearborn, Mch. arrived 
this afternoon and vdll stay overnight. Ivlr. E. J. Cutler, Mr, C. R. 
Vorhees and Roy SchiMan have also reached here by automobile 
from the same place. 

Monday, September 11, 1939 Cloudy 

An ordinary grocery store type of paper bag held her 
knitting. The little girl v;ore a knitted sv/eater and cap and v/hen we 
asked her what she carried in her bag she replied: "Oh, thats a 
dark blue skirt I'm knitting to v;ear -..ith this sweater and the sv/eater 
came froii. Austria and my brother is 5 years old and sucks his thumb and 
lie have all come from Ames, Iowa to see the 7/ayside Inn." ITius this 
youthful guest today told us much about herself in tliis one sentence. 
r,'e v.'ere interested cJid found our guest to be a very precocious child. 
Her father teaches in the college :;t Ames and is giving his children 
a visual education in New England History by showingthem -r-- such 
historic places as the "tVayside Inn. 

Wayside Inn schools opened this morning for the 1939-4-0 
school year. 

Tuesday, September 12, 1939 Pleasant 

Two groups of boys frora the V/ayside Inn Boys School 
visited the Inn today. One group came in the morning and the other 
in the afternoon and in both grou s were some nev; boys and some old. 
All of the new boys came and Miss deLiille reports that they were very 
attentive listeners. 

Miss Hc^rriet E. Davie, housekeeper for llr, David Howe of 
16 Rockland Street, Taunton, Mass. spent a long time at the Inn today 
and spoke often of Ur. Hov;e. She said that Mr. Ho-v7e had given back 
to the Inn severaJ. of the Hov;e relics in his possession, he being one 
of the direct descendants of our Howe family. Ivirs. Davie said that 
Mr. Ho-<Ye is now 92 years old and very feeble. He was formerly £in 
executive in the Reed and Baxton silver company at Taunton. 


Wednesday, September 13, 1939 Pleasant 

Mr. and I-lrs. Shaw came to dinner today and told us that 
they had a summer home in IVebster, Rhode Island war.hed away in the 
193s Hurricane rhich occured on September 21, 1938. V.'alking one day 
some aistance from the s^ot where the house stood, they savr some- 
thing red in the sand. Upon investigating they discovered it to be 
the American flag - kept in i,he cellar and used sometimes by their 
young son who tied it to the tail of his kite. It vras Trrapped very 
tightly aroimd a Sandwich glass lamp v;hich had been on a bedroom table 
on the second floor of the house. !»ir. Shaw showed us a pictiore of 
the flag and lamp taken afterv.-ard. 

Thursday, September I4., 1939 Very pleasant 

DescendsJits of the Hov.'e fcmily continue to coLie and nearly 
every day we meet one or more of them who tell us that they are 
connected -..ith the original family of the Inn. We also have descendants 
of other ec.rly Sudbury families and today entertained Ivlr. Gideon Haynes 
of Chicago, Illinois, islr. Kaynes is a direct descendant of Deacon H.ynes 
one of the first to co:ae to Sudbury in I638. Our dancing master, 
^^r. Albert Hajmes is also a descendant of Deacoii Haynes. 

Friday, September 15, 1939 Pleasant 

Guest from Calif ornis vith tears in her eyes, speaking of 
the Inn said: "It makes you feel like kneeling dovTn or taking off 
your hat." 

Tauck Tours with over thirty 2^eople came today after being 
absent last v/eek on accoimt of the Labor Day holiday. Joe, the driver, 
tells us that there will be two more trips from Nev/ York this season. 

Saturday, September 16, 1939 Pleasant 

The Grey Line Bus continues its daily trip to the Inn and 
will projjably do so until October 12th. The diary has not recorded 
much detail of the daily Grey Line, but the arrival of the Bus is one 
of our most important events of the day. The Bus arrives about two 
o'clock in the afternoon, the people flock into the Inn. They are 
hungary and we send them right to the dining room. Previously, George 
the Bus Conductor; has telephoned the choice of their luncheon. Roast 
Beef or Steak or Chicken. It is ..erved and the guests then join a hostess 
to hear the ^ry of the Inn. The Bus leaves and all are gone ty 3:30 
o'clock. These are most appreicctive toiirists; many come from the South 
and "..'est; clerks and typists, shcool teachers and honejTiiooners - all 
enjoying a gala holiday. 


Sunday, Sept. 17, 1939 C^-oudy 

A real V/ar refugee came today. She v.'as a pretty 
young college graduate and until a week ago was employed in the 
Paris office of the Holland - American Line, 'iihen the news of 
War came, our guest was able to get passage back to America on 
the S. S. Stattendam which reached Nev; York yesterday. It was the 
Stattendam which picked up members of the crew of a British freighter- 
the freighter having been captiured b^'- the Germajis. Vie had read 
of this in the i.iorning paper, but the young lady told us the most 
interesting part of the story. She said that while the Germans had 
captured the British freighter, the Germsji captain of the Nazi gun 
boat was very kind and considerate. He called the captain of the 
freighter to him and said something to the effect that he was not 
responsible for the "«7ar; was only obeying orders and .ould set the 
crew of the freighter free. He then furnished them v/ith a life boat 
and put them out to sea. They were afloat only 5 hours before 
being picked up by the Stattendam. 

Monday, Sept. 18, 1939 Pleasant 

Guest on leaving the Inn and speaking to her husband: 
"I had always hoped I Vvould get you 
educated to Sight-seeing Tours. Now 
you see hov; nice they are." 

A guest told us an amusing story today. Vulien her son 
was a little boy 2 years old, he climbed into the tall grand- 
father clock to hide. The clock tipped over - making a great 
crash - and the small boy v/as buried, unhurt, beneath the ruins 
of a fine old heirloom. 

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1939 Pleasant 

Our new fire engine saw its first real fire this after- 
noon when it was called to help in fighting a forest fire on 
Peakham Road. The fire department from Sudbury and a State department 
also assisted in getting the fire under control. Pe akham Road is 
the road on which the Southwest School house is located and the fire 
was on land adjoining the Inn property. The fire was a good stiff one 
and put our engine to a severe test. 

lYir. Fell Sharp, commercial artist from New Rochelle, New York 
was a guest this afternoon. He wa£\ charmed with the house. He has 
been visiting several old houses in this vicinity because, he tells us, 
there is a constaitly growing interest in old houses and their f urnishinggs . 


Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1939 Cloudy 

Miss Fielding reports a recent guest of very small size, 
rJiss Ellen Elizabeth Hiltabrand, 4.^ years old from '.Yaban, Pvlass. 
The child inforned I.iiss Fielding that she had taJcen a nap in the 
afternoon in order to stay up late enough to have dinner at the 
Wayside Inn. She added that once before she had stayed up late 
enough to see the lightening bugs - this eventful time being the of July. 

Thursday, Sept. 21, 1939 Pleasant 

One of the most touching experiences the vnriter has ever 
witnessed at the Inn took place in the Parlor of the Inn this after- 
noon. "j\nd over there i the corner is the old Sombre Clock" the 
hostess said. The guests turned to look at the clock and -hile their 
backs 7;ere turned in silent admiration, a soft, clear gentleman's 
voice from the rear of the group began singing: 

"My Grandfather's clock v/as too large 
for the shelf 
So it stood 90 y^ars on the floor 
It was taller by half than the 

old man himself 
*Tho it weighed not a penny weight 
more - " 

He stopped. "I've forgotten the rest", he said. But 
another guest, a lady c^uickly picked up the tune and continued right on. 

"It vras born on the morn 
Of the day Y(-hen he was born 
And was always his pleasure 

and pride 
But it stopped, short, never 

to go again 
On the day when the old man 

There was silence. Then the guests in the room clapped their 
hands and the man spoke up, said he came from Atlanta, Georgia. The 
little old lady, the other member of the singing party picked up the 
strain again and told us that she had come from Los Angeles, California. 
She talked on and on and told many amusing stories of her travels; in 
Bergin, Norway where she sav/ several things pertaining to Longfellow's 
"Musician", 01s Bull. The guests listened, they enjoyed every '."ord and 
for 15 minutes a friendly, informal conversation ensued with the little 
old lady acting as hostess. She was a dear little lady, as bright and 
smart as could be. Her »ame is Mrs. Lulu Loveland Shepard and she 
lectures before womens clubs, church groups and such. She is sometimes 
called the "Silver Tongued Orator of the Rockies". V.liien the party broke 
up the gentleman from Atlanta, ¥ir. Homer A. Tisdel and ivlrs. Shepard got 
together and practised a duet. We've been humming it ever since: 

"My grandfather ' s clock was too 

large for the shelf - - - " 


Friday, Sept. 22, 1939 Plea ant 

Mr. Charles S, Ttirner ^vass born and brought up in Nev; England, 
but now makes his hogie in Miami, Florida. He v<ras here today recalling 
his life as a boy in Situate, Mass. "I used to run around under the 
feet of Thomas V.', Parson, Poet in the Tales of a Vi^ayside Inn, but I 
don't remember him much. It seemed to me he was very austere - way over 
my heady said burner. Then he tola us of how he used to feed the 
horses on the farra from an ola pewter dish. . "And I've ;7orn boots 
weighing only 2 ounces apiece - made out of porpoise gut." 

A wedding dinner took place here tonight in honor of the 
marriage of Ivir. and Mrs. Gardner H. Reynolds. Eleven viere in the 

Saturday, Sept. 23, 1939 Pleasant 

It pleases us very much to have old friends of the Inn come in 
just to say hello', ne think it a friendly gesture. Most of our guests 
come for other purposes than just to make a call, they come for ainner 
or tea or to stay overnight or to arrange for a party or to bring friends 
to see the house. Today, however, Mr. Lav/rence Dame, better known as the 
"Roving Reporter, dropped in to greet us after a s^Inmer spent in reporting 
for the Boston Herald on the work of raising the sunken submarine 
Squalus. Mr. Dame told us that his suiamer had been "one terrific grind" 
froiii which he has not completely recoverea yet. "But, I'll corae out 
to see you soon again" he said as he v/aved a cheery goodbye. 

A 60th Wedding Anniversary party took place at the Inn this noon 
when Mr. and Mrs. Jervis E. Horr of Needham, Mass. sat dovm. at luncheon 
time ill the old dining room. It was a small party of four only but sweet 
in its association, lie, Horr was born in Sudbiory and Mrs, Horr taught 
school in Sudbury. They met in Sudbury and wanted to come back to Sudbury 
to celebrate their 6th anniversary. 


Simday, Sept. 2^^, 1939 Pleasant 

Sundays nov; are bringing back some of our regular Sunday 
dinner guests ;vho are starting the vjinter season in Boston. Through 
the Summer these people have been sojourning at resort places and in 
several instances vie have received post cards from them telling 
of their vacations at the beach or near the mountains. those 
xiho have returned are Ivlr. and 'Irs. Charles P. Stuart who, as regularly 
as the clock goes around, come to the Inn for their dinner on Sunday. 
They are always full of fun and jolly a.nd make themselves very much 
at home here. They take a pea?sonal inter- st in all the staff and they 
decidedly "belong" to our large Wayside Inn family. 

Monday, Sept. 25, 1939 Partly cloudy 

The Tatnuck Womans Club of Worcester, Mass. nurabering 
4.6 members held a luncheon ' 2:>arty here this noon and after luncheon 
enjoyed a trip through the house. 

Mrs. Lloyd Richards, guest today, told of her interest 
in spinning and says she intends to buy a farm an Connecticut; raise 
her won sheep and produce cloth through the whole process of spinning 
and weaving it herself. Ivlrs. Richards also spoke of making wafers 
in an old time ">7afer iron such as we have hanging in the Bar-room. 
She intends to send us some sample v;afers hich her cook makes by the 
same method. 

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Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1939 Rain 

Reverend Donald Mac Donald-Millar of New York not only 
has an interesting najne and vocation, but also an interesting 
avocation; namely the study of Colonial architecture. He 
He told us that several years a-^o he Y;as asked to do an extensive 
piece of research viovk in England. The name of the pv.'eson for 
whom he v;as to do the vrork was withheld. But vrhen Mr. MadDonald- 
Millar v;ent to the bank to obtain money for the project, the bank 
clerk said: "And is this to be chargedto Ivlr. Rockefeller's per- 
sonal account?" The cat wa out of the bag and the research was 
done in connection with the re-building of Ti^illiamsburg, Virginia. 

Unlike the proverbial minister who is supposed to ';^/ear dignity 
on his coat sleeve, out guest was jolly and talkative. He furnished 
us T.dth the follov.dng Chinese version of "i-Iary Had a Little Lajnb." 

"Molly gal gottie little lamb 
Fleece alle stmie p/hite as snow- 
Everywhere Molly gallie went 
Ba' lamb he hoppie 'longie too." 

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1939 P^in 

Hostess: "Come againl" 

Guest: "Don't worry, I'll be 

around here VTith every 

friend I ever had." 

Guest to friend: "I.Iy, I wouldn't 

have missed this for anything". 

Thursday, Sept. 28, 1939 Partly cloudy 

The Tv^ayside Inn family has been concerned over the 
illness of B/Irs. Bennett, teacher ii: the Southwest School who has 
been in the hospital for several day^. She is home now, however, 
and hopes to be back at her teaching som.etime soon. Mrs. Bennett 
is much respected by those ?:ho knovr of her fine farily of girls - 
brought up by LIrs. Bennett; I^. Bennett having died w^hen the girls 
were very young. 

Tie are feeling some concern for other members of our 
family - lir. and Mrs. Gookin the dear old couple who used to come 
here forty years ago and in recent ti es have spent one day a week 
in coming to the Inn. They have been confined to their apartment 
in Csjnbridge practically all Summer. Miss delJille WTote a letter 
of inquiry and received a reply from Mrs. Gookin st-;.ting that their 
associationassociation with the Inn is very dear to them, but they 
are no longer able to make the trip from Cambridge to the Inn - 
usually coming by Bus. 'ilie letter has touched us deeply and we hope 
to arrange a comfortable way for them to get here. 


Friday, Sept. -^ 1939 Cloudy 

Summer activities are gradually coming to a close and it was 
with a feeling of regret that v;e shook hands .vith Joe and Jimrnie of the 
Tauck Tours today as they bid us farewell for the season. Their 
parting words were: "We'll be seeing you next year!" 

Guests by the name of Rice are beginning to arrive today in 
anticipation of the Rice fcirnily re-union which is to be held here 
tomorrovir. A Mr. and E/Irs. Don M. Rice from South Orange, N. J. are here 
for the night and Dr. and Tfrs. S. 0. Mc*"arty of Montreal, Canada are 
also here to attend the reunion. 

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1939 Partly cloudy 

The -"^ice family gathering took place in the large Ball room 
starting at 10 o'clock this morning. At noon time 150 descendants of 
Edmund Rice sat dov/n to luncheon served in the large dining room and 
after lunch adjourned to the Ball room where a pageant was presented. 
This depicted incidents in the history of the Rice family from I638 to 
the year 1824-. It was in 182A that General Lafayette met Colonel Rice 
and General Rufus Putnam. All three officers were here today - im- 
personated \s^ various members of the Rice family. V/e noticed several 
Indians and learned that two Rice settlers were captured by Indians 
and taken to Canada. These tvro men vrere brought up as Indians. The 
pageant consited of 7 tableaiix and was directed by Idr. Ralph Rice of 
Uellesley, Mass . 

Ten Acre School from Wellesley brou^t 23 young ladies to the 
inn for lunch this noon. 

The Quincy Point Junior High School consisting of 4-3 pupils 
visited the Inn and schoolhouse during the afternoon. 

Thirty-eight students from the Stuart School, Junior College 
of the Arts in Boston, enjoyed seeing the Inn today. 


Sunday, October 1, 1939 Partly cloudy 

Senator Barton K. VTlieeler of Montana spent the v;eek-end 
in his o\vn home tomi and oiir neighboring torni of Hudson, Mass. 
There was a great celebration in his honor; speeches and music and 
a b3.nquet this evening. i%ry Cronin, one of our ^'irls in the dining 
room, sang in the large chorus of 4-50 voices. Several notable people 
came from out of town to attend the festivities, among them Ivlr. D. V. 
Robertson, Internatiori President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive 
Firemen and Engine men. Senator liVheeler has been Chairman of the 
Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce - having the reilroads under 
his jiirisdiction^or many years. Other railroad men T.ere present 
including Mr. Milton W. Harrison of the Railroad Securities Ovmers 
Association. Mr. and Ivlrs. Robertson, llr. and lilrs. Harrison and 
severeJ. others are making the Inn their headquarters while here. They 
came yesterday and v.'ill stay until tomorrow. 

Monday , October 2, 1939 P^in 

Ver;>^ often our guests speak to us of old things they have 
seen in foreign countries; particularly in England; things similar to 
the furnishings of the Inn. This is natural. The Pilgrims and 
Puritans from England. They brought v,-orkmen and ideas from the 
Mother country. Copies v/e- e made of the English furniture. But the 
settlers here were more simple in their tastes and while they made 
things similar, in many instances they were plainer in line and design, 
Thus T.'e:K v;ere told recently of a pipe box seen in England, of the same 
shape and size as our wooden pipe box - only in England the materi8.1 
used was brass. On the side was a slot for a penny to be inserted for 
a penny's v.orth of tobacco. Our pipe box is of lovely Droportion - 
carefully made of wood with no such fancy contrivance for pennies. 

Itiesday, October 3, 1939 Rain 

Recent guests: 

Polly Pollard of The Sycamores at Bel Air, California 
near Los Angeles. The Sycamores is a Tea House :'ith an Early American 
Pine Room. 

Mr. Charles E. Duryea, founder of the Duryea Motor 
Wagon Company, 

Mr. E. W. Allerton, 1859 Page Ave., East Cleveland, Ohio 
descendant of David Hov;e, 2nd Indlord of the Inn. 


Wednesday, Oct. /^, 1939 Cloudy, cold 

A recent guest bought a post card of the Hilary Lamb School 
and addressed it to his daughter - Miss Mary Leonb - u'ho lives in 
Pasadena, California. She is a descendant of Governor V.'inthrop. 

An exajnple of hov; the ll-iry ^amb School house sheds its ray 
of light on the lives of children outside of Sudbury and the Y^ayside 
Inn environs ',7as brought home to us today. The writer knows a little 
girl of nine years ho lives in Nevrbon, Mass. She sent the child one 
of the books; "The Story of ^'^ary and her little lamb" for Christmas 
last year. Today the child said earnestly and sincerely: "I just 
love the little book youfeent me for Christmas and I made a cover for it" ■ 
Thereupon she showed the book '.vith an ordinary vTrapping paper cover on 
v/hich ^.'as written in large, childish handwriting: 
"The Story of Mary and Her Lamb". 

We might add that even tho' this little girl lives vdthin 
20 miles of the School house she has never seen it. 

Thiirsday, October 5, 1939 Pleasant 

Much to our surprise, v:hen the hosiress was quoting the verse: 
"'.vhat do you think 
Here is good drink" etc. 
written by Wra. Molineaux, Jr. in 1774- on a windov/ pane in the Parlor - 
a gentlemen stepped up, handed the hostess a card on which appeared the 

William R. Molineaux, Jr. 
It v/as rather a shock to have someone standing in the room with the very 
same name as our guest of so many years ago - and v/e learned that the 
present ^alliam Molineaux, Jr. is a descendant of our Molineaux altho' 
where the connection comes in is not known. William R. Molineaux, Jr. is 
a Trust Officer in the City Bank Farmers Trust Company of New York. 

Friday, Oct. 6, 1939 Pleasant 

Guest buying post cards at the Bar: 

"I never expected I'd be buying things 
over a Bar. You see, I've just come from 
the convention of the W.C.T.U. (Womens 
Christian Temperance Union) 

Hiram Clark, 99 years old, came today from Ayer, Massachusetts, 
He couldn't get out of the automobile, but drove up to the door and had 
a hoarhound drop and a molasses peppermint from our candy dish. 


Saturday, Oct. 7, 1939 Pleasant 

Autumn leaves vere the cetting for the wedding Brealcfast 
and reception of !&*. and ¥xs, Paul Sexton this noon time when 
75 guests came here to congratulate this newly married couple. 
They v:ere married this evenio^ and came to the Inn to meet their 
friends and to join with then in the lar.^^e dining room for a hearty 
luncheon. The simplicity of the occassion was particularly striking. 
Abbie had decorated the Ball room where the reception v;as held and 
the dining room - v;ith lai-ge, graceful arrangements of autujnn leaves. 
That was all. There were no expensive flowers - except for a lovely 
boquet of white chrysanthemums in the center of the table where the 
bride and groom sat. Two bridesm-aids added to the beauty of the party. 
Pictures were taken of the bride and groom and bridesmaids. These 
v/ill appear in the Diary in the near future. 


Sunday, Oct. c, 1939 Pleasant 

Guest today: "This is our 4-th trip to the Inn. 

Y<e enjoy it more each time v/e come." 

Hostess to elderly la.dy, help'^ner into car: "I'll 

be your i ootraan" . 
Guest: "My only regret is that this is not an old 

coach and four." 

Gueiit froia Nev; London, Corm. ,. "I love this old Inn 
and v/hen I go home after a visit here 
I often dream about it." 

i,:onuciy, Oct. 9, 1939 Cloudy 

An order was received this morning for 6 copies of the 
storj'" of Mary and her lamb - to be sent to Mr. Hastings Deering of 
Sydney, Australia. TvTiile at the Inn recently, Mr. Deering bought 
one copy of the book and enjoyed it so much he wanted more copies 
of it. 

The Pawtucket V.'omens' Club of Pav.'tucket, Rhode Island 
numbering 4-3 members came by motor this morning to have luncheon at 
the Inn. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1939 Pleasant 

A luncheon and Meeting of the Trustees nd Staff of the 
Middlesex County Extension Service was held at the Inn today; the 
guests enjoying the Autumn foliage from the windows of the 
porch-dining room. 

The Concord, Mass. Teachers Association gathered here for 
dinner this evening. Fifty-seven members vjith invited guests enjoyed 
a turkey dinner with informal speech-making during the evening. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1939 Pleasant 

Quite a lot of interevi'st has been shov/n in the receipe 
that wliss i'isher received for making Tafers^to be made in our old 
Vy'afer Iron. Miss Fisher has been informed "oy the sender of the 
receipe that it is 150 years old. and' -she adds that the cookies (if 
no one finds them) dan be kept indefinately in a tin box - remaining 

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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1939 - continued Pleasant 

IJllss dei.Iille pa;:, sad aroimd a box of doughnuts recently which 
a minister. Rev. F. W. T?.dtchell,sent to her iron Glens Falls, N. Y. 
Sometime last Spring, lUr. Twitchell was a guest here and promised 
at that tirae to send some of the doughnuts soon. It seems that the 
receipe is of old Dutch origin and the doughnuts are called Dutch Oil 
Cakes or Olecooks. The letter accompanying the cakes vrwas full of apolo- 
gies. Some had been made at an earlier date, but vrere discovered by the 
children of the family before they could be packed in a box for mailing. 
They are delicious - made like a doughnut v/ithout the hole in the center. 

Thursday, Oct. 12, 1939 Pleasant 

This Holiday, Columbus Day, v/as a busy one for us. The 
Brigham family held their Reunion here during the day in the large 
Ball room; at noon time adjourning to the large dining room vrhere 
luncheon v/as served. The meeting started at 10:30 and from then on the 
house T/as filled with people; some attending the reunion and others - 
our regular holiday guests^ coming to enjoy dinner or to make a trip 
through the house. 

One especially interesting event took place today. This was 
the playing of the Star Spangled Banner b^^ the Brigham orchestra in the 
large Ball room. Underneath, in the dining room, many of ovoc regular guests 
v;ere being served. When the first strains of the i'^ational anthem vrere heard 
by the dinner guests, they rose to their feet - all united in paying res- 
pect to America. Four ^Deople here and tv/o people there - all v;-ere as one 
big family as the music sounded tlirough the rooms: 

"And the rockets red glare, the bombs 
bursting in air 
Gave proof through the night that 
our flag v/as still there." 


Friday, Oct. 13, 1939 


llrs, Paul Sexton 

the former 



BRIDM, PARTY - Oct. 7, 1939 - WAYSIDE INK 

LIr. & Ivlrs. Sexton 

Y/ho Yd 11 live 


19 Parmenter Road 
T/altham, Mass. 

y:ayside inn diary 

IViday, Oct. 13, 1939 



Edmimd Face 

in the Pageant, 

7;AYSIDE inn - rice FM'IILY REUITION - SEPT. 30, 1939 

Dr. & Mrs. S. 0. McMiirtry 
who aame 

from Montreal 
to attend the Reimion. 


Saturday, Oct. H, 1939 Pleassjit 

The Congregational minister of ^'^arlboro married Miss 
Harriet Searles to Mr. Kennetli Rand in our small Ball-room 
this afternoon a.t 4- o'clock. Forty guest were assembled there 
yo see the Bride, in the conventional Wedding dress, come into 
the room on the arm of her father. The ceremony v/as performed 
in front of the fireplace v;iiich v/as banked on either side with 
potted plants and Autumn flov.'ers. In the large Ball room, a 
Wedding reception was held at 4-i30 O'clock; the newly married 
couple receiving about 150 friends in front of the fireplace in 
that spacious roon. Refreshments of ice cream and cake v^ere 
served. Two yoimg girls, chums of the Bride, poured tea and 
coffee at a long table. The Bride had requested that this be a 
simple, quiet affair since her Mother had passed away less than a 
year ago. The couple will live in Hudson, Mass. 

;yayside inn diary 

Sirnday, October 15, 1939 Pleasant 

The Boston Transcript of last evening devoted tv;o 
columns on its Sdciety page to tv;o weddings in which v.'e are 
interested. One ?.-edding was that of Miss Co-therine Richardson 
to Mr. William Nelson Bump and the other T.-as the v/edding of Miss 
Ruth Fessenden to Fir. Calvin Pov/ell Sldred, 3rd. Both ceremonies 
took place yesterday afternoon, the former in the Church of Our 
Savior in Brookline and the latter in Trinity Church, Nevrbon 
Center. Both couples v/ere registered as overnight guests here 
last night. 

Monday, October 16, 1939 Pleasant 

Representatives of the Angier Paper Co. of Frajningham from 
all parts of the coimtry came here for dinner this evening. One 
of their Division managers is an Englishman -.Yho was born in 
England and came to tB.s country when a young man and settled in 
Chicago. He v:as charmed vvith the Inn, all of it reminding him of 
his old home. Y.Tien in the first Inn kitchen v.-ith it s huge fire- 
place for cooking puriposes, our guest told us this amusing story. 
He said that when a boy he remembers his Mother raalcing the traditional 
English plum pudding at Christmas time. It was filled with all kinds 
of fruit peels and spices. All the good things to go into the 
pudding were seen around the ftitchen during the Christmas season. The 
small boy wanted to help and he also wanted to nibble. Mother v;as wise 
and this is wliat she told him: "If you help, son, you are to whistle 
all the time you're here. IfThen I don't hear the whistle, then I'll 
know you're into mischief." (The "mischief" meaning a nibble on the 

l-uesday, October 17, 1939 Pleasant 

Last Sunday evening, the first section of students from 
the Dalton School in Ne?/ York arrived and had their supper here. The 
group consisted of girls of about High school age having a historical 
trip through New England as part of their education. Late this afternnon 
a second group from the same school arrived. The girls today showed 
signs of fatigue and told us that they had "done" Concord and Lexington 
on bicycles before coming here. The Dalton School is a ProgTessive 
Education school in New York City. One young lady informed us that she 
found the Inn to be by far the most interesting old house she had seen 
on her trip. 

Nine, members of the ''^firdens and Matrons Association of 
Iliddlesex County held a meeting and iimcheon here at noon time. 

This evening Professor Erwin Schell of the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology started his monthly dinner meetings with 
11 men in attendance. 


V/ednesday. October 18, 1939 


A di=;tinguised visitor today ras Miss Sarah E. Scott of 
Greene Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. Miss Scott is 98 years old. She rrent through 
all the rooms on the first floor of the Inn accompanied by a friend from 
Springfield, Ma^s. who v^:.s taking Miss Scott to Boston by automobile. 
Miss Scott has good eye sight and her hearing is good. Hor mind is bright 
and clear. She told us of hearing Ole Bull play on his violin at BrookljTi 
Academy on his second visit to this country after an absence of forty ye-irs. 
She said that the audience went "wild". Miss Scott v;as principal of a 
High School in Brooklyn for many years and taught at Vassar College two 
years 1867-68 . 

Thursday, October 19, 1939 


Another distinguished visitor came today. But in marked con- 
trast to our aged one of yesterday. Today's visitor is young - only 14- 
years old - and has already distinguished herself in the Cinema. She is 
Jone Fithers. «^ane csjne to the Inn 2 years ago; came in the v/inter time. 
Today she could v/alk and romp outside anc made a visit to the Mary L.;.mb School 
house - on foot. She enjoyed the Autumn day vith its sun shining on the 
brightly colored trees and she spoke of the v/inding dirt road which 
crosses the Bridge of Stone and leads to the school house. The children were 
just having their luncheons but they stopped eating long enough to have their 
pictures snapped with Jane. 




How would you like to enjoy the specialties of 
America's most famous tea rooms right in your own 
home? Well you can, for this week's cookery class 
will present the recipes that have made top-notch tea 
rooms from coast to coast famous! Right before your 
eager eyes you'll see Miss Manners prepare the 
Chicken Pie thai made the Wayside Inn of South Sud- 
bury, Massachusetts, an epicurean landmark. Then 
you'll see the baking of a Surmy Silver Pie, a specialty 
of the High Hampton Inn of Cashiers, North Carolincr. 
Next comes Southern Cream Cake, a feature of the 
McDonald Tea Room in Gallatin, Missouri. And last. 
Chocolate Souffle, the dish that New Mexicans rave 
about — right from the Sagebrush Inn of Taos, New 
Mexico! Here's a class you're certain to enjoy — and 
this taste-full trek across the U.S.A. will give you a 
store of new dishes that will deUght all the family. 
File Size recipe cards free to all attending! 

Doors Open at 1 

Class Starts 2 


Tim GGH nine rnGTiTuie 



Thursday, October 19, 1939 contimied 

Jane Withers at the 

Vfayside Inn today 


Thiirsday, Oct. 19 - continued 

Then Jrne vfanted to hear the story of Mary Sawyer and 

was particularly thrilled with the card on which Mary tied the 

yarn from the first fleece of her little lamb, "Do you suppose I 

could ever get one of those little cards anyivhere?" she asked. 

-A motorcycle escort accompanied Jane , also a body guard 
and photographers and several ladies including her mother, There 
Y;ere 11 in the pary and all had luncheon hr:re. 

Jane v.'ith members of her party 

(Her mother is not ir: the picture) 

J^ne was generous rith her autographs and pictures. 
Perhaps the best pa.rt of her visit was at the very end when she 
y/as about to step ivtto her car. Miss Fisher's sewing class of 
girls from the Southv;est School drove up just in the nick of time 
to see Jane and to have Jane present each one with an autographed 
picture of herself. Imagine the delight of these girls of Janes' 
ovm age, receiving a picture from the very hand of their ovm movie 
idol! Jane presented the Inn with a large photograph on which 

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Thursday, Oct. 19 - continued 

was T/ritten "To the V/ayside Inn. The grandest place that I've 
ever been. . Lovingly, Jane V/ithers, 1939.'^ In our guest book, 

Jane Yjrote "I love this place - Jrme ^,7ithers - Holl^^-vood." 

I'riday, October 20, 1939 


Dancing classes for the Wayside Inn school children started 
today for the season. Tilr. /ilbert Haynes , dancing master, is a^^ain 
in charge. 

A recent visitor was r.irs. H. 'Myman Porter of the Brand-Pre 
Memorial ;-ark. at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia the land made famous in 
Longfellow's great poem "Evangeline". ?;Irs. Porter is in charge of 
the Tea room in the Park. She told us that a replica of the church- 
mentioned in the poem has been built there. 

"This is the house of the Prince of Peace and 
..'ould you profane it 
Thus v;ith violent deeds and hearts overflovdng 

v.-ith hatred? 
Lo! v;here the crucified Christ from his cross 
is gazing upon youl" 

Saturday, October 21, 1939 

Pleas 'jit 


Sunday, Oct. 22, 1939 Cloudy 

lie. and Itrs. Robert Stanton of Pebble Beach, California 
became so charmed v;ith the Inn on a visit here yesterday afternoon 
that they returned to a Boston hotel, took their bags _.iid c.-jne 
back herb to spend the night. This morning they again expressed 
their enthusiasm for the Inn and said more than once that they 
liked the Inn especially because it ks. genuinely old . Coming from 
California to llev; i:.ngland, the Stantons -.vore evidently seeking 
something typical and representative of early New England life. Here 
they found it - as the tra.vellers of old - a fire on the hearth - a 
cheay ;velcorae and an atmosphere of v/armth and friendliness. Here 
also they found genuine old furnishings, the ki d used when a man 
lighted his pipe - not v;ith a match - but v;ith a live coal from the 
open fire - and the aroma from pots and kettles swinging on the crane 
gave the traveller a yearning to eat and sleep and to rest within the 
four walls of his temporary shelter. 

Monday, Oct. 23, 1939 Pleasant 

A group of students from the Quincy, Mass. High School were 
conducted through the Inn this afternoon by Miss J'isher. She tells 
us that the class is just now studying the "Tales of a Wayside Inn"sjid 
certain pupils have been chosen to represent the different characters 
in the "Tales"; one is the Young Sicilian, another the Musician etc. 
Pointing to a girl , one of the leaders informed Miss Fisher that she 
was chosen to be the Spanish Jev/! 

Another group of students visited the Inn today. They were 
28 members of the South High School History Club from V.'orcester. 

Tuesday, Oct. 2^, 1939 Pleasant 

Two recent guests 

(See next page) 


Tuesday, Oct. 24-, 1939 continued 

Two recent ;^'uests 

. . Tiber to Crosby 
96 years old 


I/ir. Nathaniel I. bowditch 
President, Middlesex 
County Extension 



Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1939 Pleasant 

Foimdation stones for the nev: chapel are being laid by 
vario-us members of the ".Tfeiyside Inn family. It is to be a chapel 
for the school children - so today the children each laid a stone 
in the new wall vrhich will support the chapel bu-lding. The 
children from the ^J^-nvy ^amb School and their teacher tind the 
children from the Southwest School have every one put his contri- 
bution in place. The boys from the V/ayside Inn Boys School vrill 
also add their stones ;j.nd then the Wayside Inn hostesses and others 
of the Inn family. And hov; firm a foundation v;e must build! 

"All are firchitects of ffate 
Yiorking in these wall of Time" 

ITe are building here for the future - futiu^e generations- 
their house of worship and ours - symbolic of our spiritual life. 
May it bd as strong and solid as the ver^- stones "e axe placing 
there. The sight is a hill top and the spire '.fill point tov.'ards 
Heaven - uplifting £.nd inspiring always- the nev; Wayside Inn chapel, 

"Build today then, strong and sure 

Vi'ith a firm and ample base; 
And ascending and secure 

Shall toraorrov; find its place" 



Thursday, Oct. 26, 1939 Pleasant 

We v;ere pleased to meet today, lir. and Mrs. W. A. Ford 
of Schenectady, N. Y. Ivlr. Ford is connected v/ith the General 
Electric Company and a fe7«' years ago had the privilege of conducting 
lUr. Henry Ford and Ivlr. Edsel Ford tlirough the plant at Schenectady. 
He is an interesting young man and is nov; v/orklng jn Television. 
He and tlrs. Ford are having a short vacation and plan ^o stop at the 
the V.'ayside Inn when in this vicinity. They were luncheon guests 
this noon. 

About 10 ladies from the Trinity Church (Boston) home for 
the Aged - v/ere very enthusiastic visitors this c:.ftfcinoon. Not all 
felt able to climb the stairs to the second floor, but all saw the 
first floor rooms and chatted merrily as they went tlirough. Most of 
them had seen many of the things here in their younger days. Vihen 
offered some molasses peppermints from our candy dish, these little 
old ladies v.-ere as pleased as could be. They asked if they could 
take more than one piece! 

Friday, Oct. 27, 1939 Cloudy 

Guest whose home is in New Hampshire: "I have just come 
from New York where I have visited the "World of Tomorrow" but I 
am enjoying this more than anything I sav; there. I'd rather see 
here th^ "World of Yesterday" I 

Little girl to parents: "Oh, com.e on, lets eat here 
and then we won't have any dishes to"! 

A recent guest, possibly in her seventies- attracted 
considerable attention when she told in a loud, clear voice of her 
interest in Longfellov;'s V/ayside Inn. She said that v/hen a girl 
in High School she v.Tote an e-^say on the Wayside Inn. She had 
never seen the Inn , but Longfellow's description of it ha.d so in- 
trigued her that she wrote her whole composition on the subject - 
calling it "An evening at the I7ayside Inn" . She described the fire- 
place, the guests coming and going, the good food served at an Inn, 
the strains of music from the Ball room. Before our ;=uest had 
finished telling about her composition, other 'j;uests in the house 
had gathered around hen^. Then she quoted from the "Tales" - the 
passage witn which she closed her essay, 

"And the illujriined hosted seemed 
The constellation of the Bear 
Dovmward athv.'art the misty 
Sinking and setting tov/ard the sun 
Far off the village clock struck 


Satxirday, Oct. 2S, 1939 Pleasant 

It is always picttiresque to see the Millv/ood Htint ride 
through the VJayside Inn property. Horseback riding blends into 
the landscape around us and harmonizes with the period of the 
Inn. Lien and women in their green hunting coats and the dogs 
barking along side. It was this picture v.-e saw this afternaon just 
as the October sun was setting. The whole world v/as ablaze with 
color - a reddish tinge - a reflection from the oak trees in thei!"" 
brilliant Autumn dress. The riders slowly vround their v;ay towards 
the barn and over the hill towards Framinghara. 

The first Old Kitchen Dinner party of the season took 
place this evening as 10 ^uests, coniin^ fron the Harva.rd-Da.rtraouth 
game, gathered around the fireplace in the old Kitchen where a 
delicious roast beef dinner was cooked and served. IVe could easily 
call this Dartmouth Night at the Wayside Inn. Our loyal friends, the 
Bowkers, were here as usual and since Mr. Bowker is a Dartmouth grad- 
uate, he and Llrs. Bowker spent the evening in greeting other Dartmouth 
men and their families who v.'ere here for dinner. They sat in front 
of the fireplaces discussing the game which Dartm.orth won £md apparently 
enjoyed very much re-newing old acquairtances and re-living their 
college days. For the first time in lucnths, Llr. and Ivira Bowker pres- 
ented us v/ith green house roses. This marks the end of the bumraer 
^^'arden season. 


Sunday, October 29, 1939 Pleasant 

Once in a while v/e have as dinner guest on Sunday, 
Hiss Edith Stevens, T.Titer and creator of the cartoon csJ.led 
"Us Girls" which regularly in the Boston Post. Miss 
Stevens usually takes as her subject the new women's hats 
\dhicii she dr^aws with a delightful sense of humor. She was 
here today cjid was particularly interested in the new location 
of the Gate House and the new view of the Inn which has been 
created by its removal across the road. She told us that she 
liked the change and thought it^ould be recorded in the 
Boston nev/spapers. 

Monday, October 30, 1939 Cloudy 

"■^'his r.fternoon a group of 22 young ladies from 
SJ. /jine's Academy in Marlboro came to ^he Inn for an after- 
noon of sight seeing and literature. They were that part 
of the Senior class studying the "Tales of a 'iTayside Inn" and 
the Sister v/ho accompanied them explained that she wanted 
them to come in the Fall of the year, the season Longfellov/ 
describes when he begins: 

One Autumn ni~ht in Sudbury tovm 
Across the meadows bare and brown" 

They came v/ith note books, prepared to remember what 
they sav; and heard - and they listened attentively. In the 
small ball room they gathered around the piano and sang a song. 
Later, \7hile having tea on the porch their voices were heard 
in more songs. Miss Anne Sennott is a member of the class and 
she has been looking forward to zhe party for several days. 
Other members of the class were completely surprised, hov/ever. 
This making theparty all ohe more interesting and enjoyable. 

Just after the school girls had left and when it was 
beginning to "get dark under the table" as Nev; Englanders say, 
the electric lights all over the hmse went out. Y/e resorted 
to candles; tiny, flickering flames vrhich give a mellow glov;- 
to the whole house. Hardly enough light for practical 
piirposes now-a-days, but for a fev,' minutes we were really back 
in the old days when a travellt^ei- ■.ould welcome the dim iight 
of a candle. It was a v/onderfully bright spot on his journey, 
V/e could see the traveller stopping here and finding a fire 
on the hearth, the candles burning - v/hat a welcome sight - 
and its gonel Someone has turned on the SY/itch. 7,"e are sud- 
denly in the brighter light of another century. 


Tuesday, October 31, 1939 Rain 

".7e had a real rain storm today. The rain 
cejne dovm hard and fa;-t all day and v;e expected but few people 
Ts^ould venture from their homes js¥- froirj -rrat t ^heir hoiae -s- 
or from out their automobiles to come into this old Tavern. 
Two yoiong couples did come in around noon time, ijoorly dressed 
but anxious to see the Inn. One of the young men told us 
that his friends v/ere from Illinois and he wanted them to 
come here before they returned home. As they journeyed tlirough 
the house the young man volunteered some interesting information 
about himself. He told us that he vras one of 18 children - 
next to the oldest. He has difficulty in keeping in touch ¥/ith 
his brothers and sisters and never has ohe whole family been 
together in one place at one time I He told us that v;hen a 
boy J the family lived in an old house where^at Christmas time, 
"v/e used to look into the old brick oven to see if v/e could 
find Santa Glaus. 

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1939 Pleasant 

A young lady came hurridly into the Bar room the 
other day and asked if we had post cards for sale. She said: 
"I was here the other day and want to i:et some pitures for m.y 
scrap book before I go home to California" . 

An elderly lady brought her grandson to see the 
house. She had been here recently'" and greeted us warmly. She 
introduced us prowdly to a tall lanky college student. And 
while the young man virf. seeing the house, his grandmother told 
us the following; She said that Vy-hen she came here previously 
she picked up a 10 cent piece in the school yard at the Redstone 
School. This she tied in the corner of a handkerchief because 
she wanted "some kind of a souvenier from the deai?- little 
school." ^^d she carried it in her bag for good luck. Me 
saw it, the knot v.iiere the 10 cent piece safely reposes. 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 1939 Partly cloudy 

Me are always pleased to have guests return after 
a first visit. Usually they tell us that they have com.e back 
to bring a friend or that they love the atmosphere of the house. 
or well, it night be one of several reasons. Today we had the 
return visit of a Iilr. Cave from HollyY;ood, California who v/as 
here last Spring. He came back to bring his wife because he 
wanted her to see the Vfayside Inn. They saw it thoroughly and 
also the School house. Mill and Sta -e Coaches. Later they had 
dinner and returned to Boston on the Bus. Ktr. Cave , we remem- 
bered, as being the ovmer of the Maple Shop in HollyiTOod where 
he sells reproductions of many of the old Nev/ iingland pieces of 
furniture . 


Friday, Nov. 3, 1939 Pleasant 

A gala Hallowe'en party was held in the large Ball 
room tMs evening. It took the place of the regular Friday 
evening dancing class and the boys worked hard to ^ive every- 
one a good time. T/e are sure that eveyone did have a good t»u.e.. Games 
v;ere played, the best costijme picked and old fashioned dancing 
enjoyed. During an intermission, doughnuts a.nd cider were 
readily consumed. V'e thought the boys produced better eostiunes 
this year than ever before, 'i'hey displayed originality, "^bought 
and skill in making. An Airplane pilot, a hunter from Africa, 
the country hick and the Tin man from the Y/izard of Oz v/ere all 
there. Among the girls v;e Sci?7 gypsies and Spanish ladies and a 
Russiaii dancer. 

Saturday, Nov. 4., 1939 Pleasant 

Walking siong Wayside Inn Road which cuts tlirough the 
woods towards Frainingham, Miss Fisher sav;' a red fox. He crossed 
her path twice. The first time, a couple of dogs wore close on 
his trail and then they lost the scent and v."ent yelping from one 
place to another. The fox was sly and got the best of them. He 
came aroimd in back of Miss Fisher and gSihe last she saw of him 
he vias well out of reach of the dogs. 

And looking out the Bs.r-room windows this morning we 
observed the lilac bushes with green leaves still green v/hile 
all other leaves have turned to an Autumn color or have gone 
completely. Sheltered Isy the front porch of the Inn and being 
close to the house, thejclilac leaves are protected from, winter-ish 
T/inds which have already started blov/ing. 


Sunday, Nov. 5, 1939 Cloudy 

Overnight guests v;ere I-lr. and Ivlrs. Theodore H. Lliller 
of Poughkeepsie, K. Y. IJr. I'.liller gave us an intert; sting account 
of the history of Poughkeepsie this morning. He told us that the 
city was first settled b;^- the Dutch. It gets its name from an 
Indian spring sone distance av.-ay. It T;as the first capitol of 
the state of New York. It is noted lor Smith Brothers Cough Drops 
and Vassar College. ¥ir. Miller has a fund of knowledge. His bus- 
iness is dealing vrith the farmers; making cream separators. He 
told us several reasons T;hy the farmers do not like Daylight Saving 
Time and the switched to that subject. Iiliss Ste.ples v;ho 
collects newspaper clippings of all sorts, brought forth a lengthy 
article on Daylight Saving, telling about its originator, Ben 
FrarJjlin and its use in various countries since adopted. Llr. 
i.Iiller asked if he could borrow the clipping in order to have 
photostat copies made of it. Both Ivlr. and Mrs. Liiller were charm- 
ed with the Inn and -je hope to see them again sometime. 

Mr. J. IV. T.liitmore of i-he Traffic Department at Deer born 
was a dinner guest this noon, coming vdth llir, C. A. Riley, Traffic 
manager at the Somerville plant of the Ford Motor Co. 

Monday, Nov. 6, 1939 Very pleasant 

Visitors \7ho particularly enjoyed the Inn today were 
Ivlrs. Williajn Cashman of bhaker Heights, Ohio who came v/ith li/Irs. 
Calvin Smith, mother of the Ivlr. Smith v.'ho lives in the little white 
house on the Inn property knovm as the Nobscot Tea House or old 
Hagar place, 

A Miss Johnson from the Perkins Institution for the Blind 
",vas hei"e v;ith other employees of Perkins for dinner this evening. 
They told us of the method of teaching deaf and cumb children to 
talk b^' vibration; that is, placing a finger on the lips and one 
on the jaw bone. 

Triesday, Nov. 7, 1939 Pleasant 

Vfe were glad to have a short visit this evening from 
lir. Lawrence Dame, out" old friend of the Boston Herald and Rosy - 
Rosy being his bicycle. But I.Ir. Dame did not come on PuDsy tonight. 
He arrived "oy Bus and stopped over to have dirjier here. He is 
doing a great deal of v.-riting and has been commissioned by the 
P^andom House Publishing Co. in Nev; York to v/rite a book on Nevi^ 
England Industry. This means that Mr. Dame has to \7rite 100,000 
vrords by the first of January. In spite of this he expects to find 
ti;.:e for an overnight stop at the Inn sometime in December. 

The annual football game bet'.veen St. "^arks and Groton 
School is scheduled for tomorroY/. Yte have as overnight guests, two 
mothers of boys attending these schools, I^Irs. Wm. S. Godfrey 
who v/ill be cheering for St. ^^arks and Mrs. Alexander Biddle for 
Groton. . both fro;:: Philadelphia, Pa. 


Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1939 Pleasant 

Representatives of Swift and Co., meat packers, v.ere 
dinner guests this evening. Looking over the Register book v/e find 
these states represented: 

California Nev; Mexico 

Arizona Oregon 

Nebraska ^ Colorado 

Idaho Kansas 

Utali Texas 

Louisana Oklahoma 

Old Kitchen dinners are again popular and tonight we 
entertained seveyn under the name of iMis Browley. Their dinner 
Vi'as cooked and served in the old kitchen. 

Th-ursday, Nov. 9> 1939 Snov; fliirries 

Elvira de Larrain Cassila from Chili, So. America -was 
a recent .{juest who was very much interested in the Inn. She has 
just come from Europe via the "mine fields" and experienced an 
air raid in Paris. 

ilr. A. E. Snyder informed us this evening that he was 
the first to register here after the Inn was purchased by E,ir. 
Ford. He told o^f coming here in 1923 when the Inn was not 
iSfficially open to the public. He v/as fortunate in being allov/ed 
to partake of a dinner which he considers the very best dinner 
lie ever had in his life. 

ivlr. Charles J. O'Malley VTas a dinner guest tonight and 
left us v.'ith several printed sheets on -.rhich we learned that he 
is the author of a book called "It was News to Me". This is a 
life story, according to the Boston Transcript, which is 
"cramraed v,-ith incident ?Jid anecdote, constant witness to the man's 
vitality and the inexhaustible breadth of his interests." 

iriday, Nov. 10, 1939 Pleasant 

Our name "V/ayside Irji" is news this week in several 
Boston newspapers. 

The Boston Tra.nscript reports the meeting of the Pevrter 
Collector's Club vxhich was held here on Nov. 1, Professor Percy 
P^yinond, an expert on pe^Tter, lectiired to the Club on "Per.-ter 
Candlesticks". Several members brought specimens to show ejid a gen- 
eral descussion followed. Tea was served in the old Dining room. 

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Friday, Nov 10 - continued 

Under the "Observant Citizen" in the Boston Post, the 
v.Titer observes that v/hile peeking in the "indovvs of the 
Marv Lanb School house, an old fashioned organ of the foot pump- 
ing type can be seen - and "over in another corner, dov/n behind 
some books is a very modern radio". 

In a Detroit newspaper, an accoimt is given of a rov; of 
big, haj'd maple trees in front of the home of Emory Rough in 
Buchanan, Michigan. Ihe trees were planted by Francis Vi. Hov/e on 
his eighteenth birthday, Oct. 19, 1839 • Tlie next paragraph says 
that Howe ras a grandnephew of Squire Howe who kept the Red Horse 
Inn at Sudbury. 

Another "Observant Citizen" item in the Boston Post 
raentionsthe nev; chaped "to be built at the corner of the road that 
leads to the little Red School house." 

Soturday, Nov 11, 1939 Pleasant 

Nearly 300 guests had dinner here today and as many more to see the house. This being Armistice day and a part holiday. 
Ttthe Army played Harvard in football this afternoon at Cambridge 
and stores ere closed for half a day. tlcny business houses were 
closed for the whole day. Consequently many people v.ere free to 
celebrate and chose the Inn as a pleasant place to do so. 

School groups at the Inn during the past v.'eek have been 
as follows: 

Brov.-n School, Y/ellesley - Nov. 7 

16 pupils and teacher 

Nathaniel Banks School - V.'altham, Nov S 
65 pupils 

City Llills School, Norforlk - IIov o 
54- pupils 

BrouTi School, V.'ellesley - Nov 10 
9 pupils 


Sunday, Nov 12, 1939 Pleasant 

A picturesque figure seen on Dutton Road or over on 
Peakham Road in the early morning or late afternoon is Mr. 
Calvin Smith on his bicycle. ?te might explain that Mr. Smith 
is our neighbor in the Nobscot Cottage. He is a lover of the 
out-doors and enjoys the walks and rides v-hich the Inn property 
affords. Lately he has taken to riding a bicycle - not an up- 
to-date one with coaster brake and modern equipment, but the 
old fashioned kind, built high with seat several inches above 
the handle bars and no brake. Going dov/n a hill, Mr. Smith takes 
his feet off the pedals and lets her "go" I We saw hi m the other 
morning riding slowly and leisurely down lay the Lab' and looking 
here and +here for birds. Sometimes he makes an early morning 
call on friends or stops at the Inn. 

A very pleasant unannounced party was held at the Inn 
this noon. It turned ou"'': to be a real surprise party for every- 
body. T^en the Prescotts arrived we learned that Mr. Prescott 
and his two daughters were here to celebrate Mr. Prescott 's 87th 
birthday. So we hurried around and found some appropriate Birth- 
day favors - the ten cent store kind but quite effective in 
representing in miniature the top of a cake marked Happy Birthday 
and holding one candle in the center of each. These v/e placed 
on the table reserved for the Prescotts - one for Mr. Prescott 
with pink icing and one for each of his daughters with blue 
frosting. The candles were lighted and by the time the 87 year 
old Birthday guest was ready for his dinner we were ready too. 
The table looked very festive with th^ three tiny candles and was 
a surprise to all concerned - more fun than if it had been plan- 
ned for days in advance. 

Monday Nov. 13, 1939 Pleasant 

Our friends the Stillmans left this morning. They have 
been here since Satiirday and as usual we have enjoyed their visit 
very much. Mrs. Stillman is Secreta.ry to Freda Hemplv. part of 
the year and the rest of the time she lives in T7esterly, R. I. 
where Mr. Stillman has a Travel and Steamship agency. Of course 
Mrs. Stillman is interested in music and art and has met a great 
many people associated with music and the opera in New York. 
Therefore she has many things of interest to tell and tells them 
in a delightful way with a rare sense of humor. Yesterday Mr. and 
Mrs. Stillman walked out doors for several hours and returned with 
two sprigs of pussy willows, not with very full "pussies" but pussy 
willows, nevertheless. 7Je have them in an old dark brov/n earthen- 
ware jug and they are attracting much attention , Many of our 
guests exclaim: "What, pussy willows at this time of year! " 


Tuesday, Nov. L^, 1939 Pleasant 

And nov; we begin our 7/inter reading. We have foxind the 
little to\7n library in South Sudbury center - called the Goodnow 
Library - to be fairly well equipped vdth the kind of books we like 
to read and the Librarian, Uxss Atkinson, is very kind in letting 
us keep books on lean over a long period of time. This is done 
in case all - or more than one - of the hostesses want to read the 
same bnnk. For instance, "The Life of Emerson" by Van Wyck 
Brooki- and "Men of Concord" are books which all the hostesses are 
interested in reading. Therefore they are kept on the Bar-room 
table and picked up by one or the other - Miss Fisher, Ii/Iiss Fielding 
or Lliss deMille when she has a spare moment in between groups or 
telephone calls. At home. Miss Staples is reading Dickens "Old Cur- 
iosity Shojo" and finds in it many references to things which we have 
here it the Inn, such as rush lights which Dickens ©antions as 
being used as night lights after candles were extinguished. 

Spealcing of telephone calls - the telephone is kept busy 
these days with about Thanksgiving reservations. Many people 
make the Inn their annual Thanksgiving home and come year after 
year with their families to have dinner here. We have many familiar 
names on the list such as Jones, Huckins, Haskell and 7/alsh. 

Wednesday, Nov 15, 1939 Pleasant 

The hostesses on duty this evening have reported a very 
pretty arty which took place in the large dining room. This 
was arranged for 3S students of the Posse-Nisson School in Waltham. 
The girls were dressed in formal evening dress and presented a 
lovely picture as they sat at a TJ shaped table in front of the 

Thursday, Nov 16, 1939 Pleasant 

We are always glad to see Mr. Russell Kettell altho* 
he is one of our most infrequent visitors. He is always busy with 
te^-ching at the Middlesex School, v/riting books on early American 
furniture , painting pictures or reconstructing old houses! He 
is vice president of the Concord Antiquarian Society and spent last 
Summer in assembling there a 17th century house. It is no wonder 
we do not see Itlr. Kettell frequently and it is not surprising that 
we are particularly pleased when he does honor us with a visit. . 
for we can glean much knowledge of old things from Mr. Kettell. 
Besides, he is a very charming person and enjoys the Inn to the full- 
est. Today he brought with him, two boys from the filddlesex School 

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Thursday, Nov 16 - continued 

who are making replicas of old pieces of furniture 
in their wood working class. One boy had chosen to co_ y a table 
which lir. Kettell pictures in his book called "Early American 
Rooms". The original table is in our Bar room. It is a 17th 
century Tavern type table with especially fine sausage turnings. 
Mr. Kettell explained that the boy had just finished the 
turnings and wanted very much to come here to see the original 

The Reverend Raymond Lang of St. John's Episcopal 
Church in West Newton entertained his Vestry men - 22 in number- 
at dinner here tliis evening. 

Friday, Nov 17, 1939 Pleasant 

Sometime ago we received a letter from a woman in 
Frankston, Texas telling us of her enjoyment in reading an 
article about the Wayside Inn written ty George Matthew Adams. 
We looked Mr. Adams up in "Who's Who'' and '-nrote to the George 
Matthew Adams Service in ^''exr York asking fora copy of the 
article. In reply we received a very nice letter from Mr. 
Adams himself enclosing his newspaper release v/hich told of his 
visit to the Inn. On top of this, we might say, came a very 
beautiful etching of Longfellow, done by Alphonse Legros, and, 
given to the Inn by Mr. Adams, having been f - ip & t presented^© 
Mr. Ford. We are delighted to have this valuable picture and are 
now hunting a suitable place to hang it. Legros v;as brought to 
London by Whistler and was a teacher in the Slade School. His 
paintings and etchings are to be seen in every well known gallery 
in Europe. The largest collection of his work in the United 
States is owned by ISr. Adams. 

Saturday, Nov 18, 1939 Pleasant 

Mr. Carl Hood from Dearborn made a short stop at the 
Inn today. We v;ere glad that he had tijne enough to have 
luncheon and were particularly pleased to have hi . tell us that he 
reads the Diary and likes iti 

Miss Heard of Wayland who is a friend of long standing and 
onewhdc enjoys the natural beauty of the Inn came today with a 
large bunch of pansies 7/Mch she presented to the hostesses. ?/e 
were all greatly touched by this thoughtful gift and have admired 
the pansies over and over again. They were grown in green houses 
and have unusually large velvet-like faces. Some are yellow and 
others the deep purple shade. Near them in the Parlor we have 
placed the dozen Token roses so kindly brought by Mr. and Mrs. 

A group of blind children from the Perkins Institute were 
visitors this afternoon and enjoyed the house by feeling rather than 
by seeing. 


Sionday, Nov. 19, 1939 Pleasant 

During this morning we entertained two young men attending 
the Harvard Business School - one from Honolulu and the other from 
Haddonfield, New Jersey the town which was the setting for Long- 
fellow's story of ""Elizabeth" in the Tsiles of a Wayside Inn. Both 
students we:e intensely interested in the house and the one from 
Haddonfield told us that he would be back with friends "next 
Saturday" . 

The name of John Howe is a familiar one at the Wayside Inn 
since John Howe is the Immigrant Ancestor of our Wayside Inn Howes. 
He came to Sudbiiry in I638. Last night we had ^s guests Mr. and Mrs. 
John S. Howe from Llilton, Mass - married yesterday at the summer 
home of the bride in Cohasset, Mass. BSrs. Howe was the former Frances 
Hovey and the groom, John Howe, did not know very much about his 
family history. He told us enough, however to convince us that he 
is not of our Wayside Inn branch. We thought it interesting, neverthe- 
less, to be entertaining a John Hov/e three hixndred years after. 

Monday, Nov 20, 1939 Pleasant 

Enthusiastic guests who stayed for luncheon this noon and 
later walked to the Mill and Parmenter house, were Mr. and Mrs. 
Paul Shirley. Paul Shirley is considered by music critics to be the 
finest artist on the Viola d'Anore in the World. The Viola d'Amore 
is similar in appearance to the violin. It was in general use during 
the 17th and 18th centeries. It is a set of five metal stings which 
are stretched beneath the seven played strings. These "sympathetic" 
strings are tuned to the key in v;hich the instrument is played but 
they are never touched by the bow. They vibrate sympathetically, 
thus producing a wealth of overtones. Mr. Shirley has played before 
audiences in the Whits House, Yale University and music clubs through- 
out the United States. Reading over a little pamphlet which he 
gave to us we learn that r.Ir. Shirley spent five smnmers on Bar Island 
at Bar Harbor, Maine developing and working on the Viola d ' Armor e. 
He has composed many pieces of music for it and has published a 
brochure called "Right Hs.nd Culture" giving a series of exercises for 
the right hand to use with bow. 7fe ^re pleased to add Mr. Shirley's 
name to our list of distinguished ^ests. Both he and Mrs. Shirley 
were charming people. In the old kitchen they exclaimed over the many 
interesting utensils and the idea of an old kitchen dinner appealed to 
them. Mr. Shirley has recently returned from a trip around the 
World and told us of seeing Betty lamps in practically ever}" cotintry 
he visited. 

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Monday, Nov 20 - continued 

Some literary men and their wives numbering lA in all 
sat in the Old Kitchen tonight and partook of dinner cooked in the 
old fashioned way. It was really Dr. van Schaicks party, ^e 
telegraphed Iifrs. van Schaick to come from V/ashington, D. G. for 
the occasion and the guest of honor was Tir. Lexjellyn. Jones. Mr. 
Jones is Editor of the Christian Register and Dr. van Schaick is 
Editor of the Christian Leader. . both religious publications. 
We speak now of Dr. Jon when we think of Dr. van Schaick - we know 
him so well. He comes every year with the Universalisff raters" 
group and has within the last few v/eeks published his book called 
"The Characters in "Tales of a V/ayside Inn". 

Tuesday, Nov 21, 1939 


Professor Schell and his group of friends dined here 
this evening and as is their custom, followed dinner by an in- 
formal meeting in the Old Kitchen. This evening Professor Hauser 
entertained with lantern slides showing beautiful colored pictures 
taken during his Summer vacation. The subjects shown on the screen 
carried the audience from the New Hampshire hills to the World's 
Fair in Nev/ York. 

The reader will wonder what is meant by the sketch below. 
It is easily understood when you learn that Mrs. Noyes was a tea 
guest today and broiight her artist-son slong. We fotind this drav.'ing 
on the back of Mrs. Noyes tea check. 




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Wednesday, Nov 22, 1939 Cloudy, snov? 

Our correspondence is getting to be quite heavy. Hardly 
a day goes by that we do not have a letter from some Wayside Inn 
friend in another part of the country who is asking for information 
or wishes to express his appreciation of the Inn in one way or another. 
Today we received a letter from Dr. van Schaick thanking us for 
making his party on Monday evening a very pleasant one. He said in 

"The beef never tiarned out better and 
it made a great hit with all our 
guests, -^t was a prime cut and cook- 
ed to perfection. . . Mrs. van 
Schaick in speaking of the hostess 
said: 'She talked as one friend to 
another and not as a lecturer. • " 

And tucked in among the letters we find a postal card from 
the Garden of the Setting Sun at iviecca, California. It is a Shipping 
Notice armouncing that 1 No. 3 Gold Silhouette can of California dates 
has been shipped to the T/ayside Inn from Dr. B. 0. Adams. We remember 
Dr. Adams as a Grey Line Bus guest of last September. 

Of more than usual interest is the following letter: 
o Ruth Elble ^*lithers 

p 10731 Sunset Boulevard 

y Los Angeles, California 

Mr. R. J. Sennott 
c/o Wayside Inn 

So. Sudbury, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. Sennott: 

Both Jane and I sincerely appreciate your 
kindness in sending us the pictures made during otjt 
recent visit to Wayside Inn. Jane is preparing a scrap book 
on her trip and these pictures are a most pleasant and wel- 
come additior to it. 

We certainly had a most delightful time in Boston 
but I believe the visit to Wayside Inn was the "high" light 
of the trip for all of us. 

May I say again how sincerely all of us appreciate 
the courtesies extended to us on our visit to the Inn. 
With warmest regards fror;. Jand and me, I am 

Ruth Wlble Withers 
(Jane's mother) 



Thursday, Nov 23, 1939 Pleasant 

We are having such an unusual amouvcb of sunshine for 
the proverbial gray month of November, the first verse of 
Whitter's "A Day" seems appropriate. 

"Talk not of sad November when a 

Of werm, glad sunshine fills the 
sky of noon 
' And a v;ind, borrowed from some 
morn of June 

Stirs the brown grasses and the 
leafless spray." 

Yesterday we were fortunate in hearing the ^adio broadcast 
from the Chapel in Greenfield Village and were reminded that people 
in Michigan are eating their Turkey and fixens' today while w^, 
here at the Inn, are celebrating next Thursday as our Thanksgiving 
day. It was surprising therefore, to find a few people here in 
Massachusetts ~ho came to the Inn this noon to eat their holiday 
dinner. They were Government employees or clerks affiliated with 
New York business houses. 

Among those who came for luncheon this noon were Mr, and 
Mrs. Bowker v;ho usually come on Saturday evening. Today they were 
on their way to Cajnbridge where Mr. Bov;ker is giving a course of 
lectiores to Harvard students. Mrs. Bowker was much amused over a 
sight whe saw on her way here. It seems that a skunk had poked his 
nose into a mayonaise jar and couldn't get it out! Thus Mr. Skunk 
appeard quite up-to-da.te. Mrs. Bowker said the jar perched on his 
nose looked exactly like a Gas mask! 

Friday, Nov. 2A., 1939 Pleasant 

There is a holiday feeling in the air! Perhaps it is be- 
cause of the Yale-Harvard footbsJLl game tomorrow. We have a family 
group making the Inn their headquarters. Mr. J. B. Grant and son are 
Yale men while their cousins are on the Hg^vard side. "But v/e are still 
friends" said Mr. Grant. The cousins are the Wm. C. Coleman family 
and Bill Coleman is on the Harvard team. 

This afternoon a second cousin of Bronson Alcott registered 
for luncheon. He is Mr. Courtney Alcott from Rochester, New Yor> 
Later in the day a young man of High School age showed an extraordinary 
interest in the Howe family. Hq was Albert Spaulding 3rd of Mahassett, 
Long Island and is a direct descendant of David Howe, second landlord 
of the Inn. 

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Friday, Nov 24, - continued 

President and Mrs. ^arsh of Boston University vrere honor 
guests this evening at a party given by Dr. and Mrs. William Stidger. 
The Old Kitchen was the setting. Eighteen sat dowa to a long table 
in front of the fireplace where dinner v;as served. The table looked 
tmjly rural and old fashioned its red plaid table cloth and a 
huge squash in the center overflowing v;ith fruit. To carry out the 
effect, fiJrs. Stidgerjfound place cards in appropriate puritan design and 
a question on each. Typical questions and answers vrere: 

Question: What happens the day af C/er 

Answer: You get the cold shoulder. 

Question: \^hat is the difference between 

you - after dinner - and a pliun 

Answer: The pudding is full of plums 

and you are plum full. 

Saturday, Nov 25, 1939 Cloudy 

Our Harvard- Ycile guests started off bright and ea&.y wrapped in 
fur coats and mufflers. This is a cold, cloudy day. We were tempted 
to offer old foot stoves to those attending the game. 

This evening they came back, those who had sat on the cold 
hard steps of the Harvard Stadium, and watched Yale defect Harvard. 
They didn't come in imtil 10 o'clock, then sat around the fireplace 
and asked for cider. By the way, our Wayside Inn cider is especially 
delicious made fresh every day from Wayside Inn feclntosh apples. 

Miss Margaret Heur has been an interesting guest of the week. 
She came Thursday noon time not expecting to stay but after learning 
about our three schools she decided to spend the night and see the 
dancing classes on Friday. Miss Heur is a teacher in the Remedial 
Reading classes in Los Angeles, California. 


Sunday, Nov 26, 1939 Pleasant 

"There's a gardenia in the ice box for you". This 
announcement greeted every hostess as she came on duty today. 
And all the girls in the pantry received a gardenia, too. ^e 
pinned them on our dresses and felt very much "dressed up" on 
this busy Sunday. ?i?ho was the generous donor? The Bowkers - 
those dear people who come every Saturday, rain or shine, v/ind 
or snow and bring to us a large bouguet of roses. Alvrays roses. 
Last evening they came with a dozen pink roses, also ten gardenias. 
We wonder again how we can ever express our appreciation of their 
generosity and kindness. 

Monday, Nov. 27, 1939 Pleasant 

Gales of laughter came from the direction of the Old 
Kitchen and again there was great hilarity in the Parlor. Miss 
deKille was conducting two ladies through the Inn and we later 
learned that one of the two vvas Mrs. Wallace Starr King who 
writes plays and monologues. She is a bright little lady and very 
modest. We learned^ after a bit of questioning, that several of 
her monologues and plays have been printed. Queen Elizabeth, a 
monologue, was given in Tovm Hall, New York. 

Two guests from the Canal Zone registered today. One 
this morning and the other at noon time. 

Tuesday, Nov 23, 1939 Pleasant 

Miss Fielding and Ulss deMille are in receipt of about 
a dozen letters each from the children in the Brown School, 
Wellesley Hills who ceune at two different times to see the Inn. 
The Brown School is a so-called "Progressive Education" school 
where the children are allowed to do pretty much as they please 
with very little restriction. They are bright youngsters. The 
towns of Wellesley Hills and Wellesley itself are residential 
suburbs of Boston with Wellesley College as a background for much 
educational activity. The folloTving are typical letters received. 

Brovm School 

o Wellesley Hills, Mass. 

p Nov U, 1939 

Dear Miss deMille: 

I cannot express in words how much I enjoyed 
our trip to the Wayside Inn. You explained every thing 
very clearly. I liked the flint pistol and I thought 
it was interesting. It seems very hard to realize that 
the colonists lived that way. 

I hope you vdll get over that cold. Thank you 

Sincerely yours, Anne Harvey 


Tuesday, Nov 28 - continued - 

C Bromi School 

o Vi'ellesley Hills 

p Mass. 

y Nov U, 1939 

Dear Miss Fielding: 

I want you to thank I.Ir. Ford for fixing up 
Wayside Inn for students. I think that you explained 
everything better than anyone else could. 

The iiings I liked best 7:ere the old musket 
vilth the story and the old flint lock. 

Sincerely yours, 

Albert Young, Jr. 

Wednesday, Nov 29, 1939 Pleasant 

We have our fingers crossed hoping that the weather will 
be as fine toraorro?/ a' it is today. For tomorrow is our Thanksgiving 

The dining-porch is full of favors, little wooden pumps 
like the big one in the front yard. They were made by the boys in 
the school. They are being filled -.vith small candies. 

Every once in a while we get a whiff of turkey, cranberry 
sauce, onions and dressing, pumpkin pie, turnips and plum pudding 
all blended in together to make one delicious odor. It makes your 
mouth Vi-ater and you wish this v/as tomorrow instead of todayl 

Large, round yellow pumpkins and green Hubbard squash combined 
with ta.ll corn stalks are beins: hauled in from the farm for decoration. 

Abbie is filling great pev/ter bowls with all kinds of fruit. 
On the mantle shelves and window sills, pine boughs and turnips, 
yellow corn and carrots have been arranged, each a picture in itself. 
We v/ouldn't touch one little apple or carrot - every one is in just the 
right place. Here is a hs.3ty sketch of a window in the old Kitchen. 

See next oage 


Wednesday, Nov 29 - continued 

ti i 

The Washington Bed-room has been converted into a dining 
room "i^th one long table set up for the Jones family. They are 
to have 15 in their party. 

We have sent favors (pimps) to the Gookins, the oH 
couple frora Cambridge who used to come so often in the old days 
and more recently every week, now too feeble to come at all. And 
we mustn't forget to save a pump for the Stratton girl pale and thin , 
too ill to come tomorrow. 

Thursday, Nov 30, 1939 



There was plenty of turkey. All in the kitchen had worked 
hard to provide every guest v/ith a bountiful Thanksgiving plate. 
The plum pudding turned out esnecially well - - In the dining room 
the tables had been shuffled around and around in order to give every- 
onp =) comfortable place. The guests tarted coming at 12 noon and 
continued through the afternoon and evening. There were the house 

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Thursday, Nov 30, 1939 continued 




•vnu AMPUK HospnALmr-- 





Fresh Fruit Cup 

Cream of Mushroom Soup 

Celery Olives Pickles 

Roast Native Turkey - Giblet Gravy 
Cranberry Sauce Dressing 

Mashed Potato 

Buttered Onions Turnip 

Hearts of Lettuce - Russian Dressing 


Com Bread 



Mince Pie - Cheese Pumpkin Pie - Cheese 

Vanilla Ice Cream with Cake 
Baked Indian Pudding v;ith Ice Cream or V'hipped Cream 
Plum Pudding v^lth Hard Sauce 





Thursday, Nov 30 - continued - 

guests, Mr. and Mrs. Jenks from Montclair, New Jersey with 
their son, a student at the Mass. Institute of Technology. This 
was their "home" for the day. The Kings, Mr. and P-Irs. Robert J. 
King frOiU New Canaan, Conn, came last evening and have been around 
the house all day talking here and therewith other guests and 
having their turkey at 2 o'clock. Several family groups gathered 
around the fireplaces and one lady told the hostess "This is my 
first year away from heme on Thanksgiving and I think this is the 
most home-like place Icould have found." Towards night the guests 
thinned out. We found the house-guests in a friendly chat and not 
wanting anything hearty for their supper, so it was suggested they 
have a cup of tea in front of the fire. 

And - we've been saving the best unt51 the last - V/e can, 
without any hesitation, say that the best part of the whole Wayside 
Inn Thanksgiving were the pumps, the favors. The old folks liked 
them, the young folks liked them. Everyone v/anted to knovy who made 
them, where we got them, how they we- e made and we haard many such 
remarks as this: 

"Dolly, dear, please watch my pump while 
I get my hat and coat" 

"Hostess, can you tell me v/here I can 
buy a pump?" 

"I've had the candies in and out of my 
pump ten times already!" 

Friday, Dec. 1, 1939 Very pleasant 

Mrs. Paul Burrage of Weston laid a ^ne in the foundation 
of the new chapel today. She did this with much enthusiasm and 

Many holiday visitors came to the Inn today. Some were 
guests of friends and others were students away from hom-^ 
seeking information and a good time too, during their Thanksgiving 
recess. Two girls from Porto Rico attending Pembroke College 
in Providence wei-e among those who came. At noon time we entertained 
a mother who is visiting her daughter in the nearby town of Lincoln. 
"Coming through Concord" the mother said, "we thought it would be 
interesting to name the three best known places in the United States 
and we came to the conclusion that they are Concord, Lexington and 
Hollywood!" This statement gives one much food for thought. We 
have pondered on it and vronder - how about New York and Mr. Vernon 
and well- perhaps out guest is right! 


Saturday, Dec 2, 1939 Pleasant 

Did you knov; that 

Sarah Josepha Hale author of the last three 
stanzas of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is called the "Mother 
of Thanksgiving Day" because she prevailed upon President 
Lincoln in 1863 to proclaim Thanksgiving as a national 
festival day? 

The Sudbury children marched to the town's annual 
union Thanksgiving service <tressed in their costiunes of 
gray and white made at the time iS6 the 300th anniversary 
of the founding of the tovin? 

The foundation stones of our new chapel can now be 
seen above the surface of the ground? 


Sunday, Dec 3, 1939 

Partly cloudy 

Our guests, i*"-^. and Mrs. Robert J. King, who have 
been with us over thb Thanksgiving holiday left today for 
their home in their new Linclon-Zephyr car. They left re- 
luctantly as xhey are busy, active people - interested ir town 
and church affaris - and felt the need of a longer rest. 

A lean , lanky, awkward boy of about 15 years came 
a long way to see the Inn today. He came alone and w .nted to 
know all about the Inn and its history. He is planning to write 
an essay on +he Inn for his school v»ork. We think he is very 
earnest and sincere about his studies - to spend practically all 
the day, Sunday, to glean material for his paper. 

Monday, Dec 4., 1939 


This picture of Dr. John vanSch=.ick, Jr. was taken 
shortly .after publication of his book "The Characters In Tales 
of a Wayside Inn". The book is very simple and modest in 
appearance and the story of each character is told in an enter- 
taining way. Already we have found the book useful as a reference 
book. We find ourselves asking: "What did Dr. van Schaick say 
about this or that in his book?" Surely it is a great contribution 
to Ame:'ican Literature. 

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Monday Dec 4- - continued 

Public schools and students v.ill find Dr. van Schaick's 
book usefiil in studying the Tales of a Wayside Inn. To us it is 
valuable in giving certain information in condensed and compressed 
form. We have the same information in our files, a letter here - a 
newspaper clipping there - but the book gives it at oneewith very 
little time or effort involved. 

We have said that the book is simple and modest - 
characteristics of the author himself. Dr. van Scha-ick is a man 
of plain living anc high thinking. He is kindly and charitable 
towards all - to little children - "^o young people and especially 
helpful to the aged. He told us once of making a special trip to 
Boston for the sole purpose of helping an elderly friend change 
trains. He escorted her from the North Station to the South Station, 
He is ever mindful of the little things in life. No one is too 
humble or lowly for his notice. He has a cheery \^ord for everybody. 
His generosity in making gifts, in planning entertainments for his 
friends and in wrestling vdth the problems of others, is never 
ending. He is beloved by all who know him. It is, we think, a 
privilege to have Dr. van Schaick the author of the book "The 
Characters in Tales of a Wayside Inn". 

Tuesday, Dec 5, 1939 Cloudy 

For a long time the hostesses have been planning to try 
out the receipe for wafers. A guest kindly sent it to us last 
Summer. We have the old w^fer iron with its seal of the United 
States impressed on both sides. This afternoon there was an 
expecially hot fire in the old kitchen fireplace. The combination 
of all three, receipe, iron and fire tempted us to undertake the 
making of vrafers. The batter was put together in the modern kitchen 
down stairs and rolled into balls about the size of a silver dollar 
in diameter. The iron was placed in the coals, "dth some difficiilty, 
because the flat roxmd irons are very heavy and the long handles 
almost too light for the weight they carry. The iron was "smoking" 
hot when we placed a roll of dough on the ion and pressed it together. 
Then we wondered and waited, not knowing what was happening inside. 
After about 2 rainutes we dared look and found a dark (because there is 
chocolate in the mixture) round, thin cookie and the seal of the United 
States was right there, sure enough I The first wafer was cooked too 
long and the dough did not quite reach the edges of the iron - so we 
were glad of an excuse to try another. This was a better color than 
the first - not cooked too long - but it was still too small. The 
third wafer was nearer the right size and the fourth was proclaimed 
perfect by all present. It looked too good to eat. But we wanted a 
taste so ate some of the first ones. The flavor is very good - chocolate 
and spices blended together. 


Wednesday, Dec 6, 1939 Pleasant 

'•i'he register book alv/ays brings forth interesting 
information and vre vrere surprised when looking at it today that 
the followir^ states were represented by oior guests - Ohio, 
Illinois, Ne?' Hampshire, Nev/ YorJ^, Pennsylvania and of course 
our ov/n state - Massablaaisetts. 

Thursday, Dec 7, 1939 Cloudy 

An enthusiastic group of young men came in at noon time. 
They carried note books and pencils and informed us that they are 
attending Boston College. In their American Literature class they 
Here asked to write a 2,000 word essay on Longfellow or on any 
place he used as a background for his poems. These six students 
chose the Inn. They found here plenty of material and felt that in 
making a personal visit to the Inn their "burden" had been lightened 

'•l-'here is another Bowker family in Worcester, the 
Harold S. Bowker s, who do not come as regularly as our "Srturday night" 
Bowkers , but nevertheless enjoy the Inn and come once in a while. They 
were here tonight for a dinner served in the Old Kitchen and had as 
guests the clerks in the Bank where Mr. Bowker is president. Nine sat 
down at the table ^ They were guided to their places by little copper 
place cards, hand wrought by Mrs. Bov/ker who is a great handicraft 
worker and who, this -^'■ear, is spending a lot of tine working in metals, 
silver, brass and peyrter. She is very clever in designing - as is 
Mr. Bowker. Mr. Bov;ker has designed ajid executed many interestinsr 
pieces of furniture. These Bowkers are also interested in flowers 
and flower arrangements and more than once have brought us huge bunches 
of peonies at graduation time. 

Friday Dec 8, 1939 Windy 

Miss Stearns from Arnold's Mills, Rhode Island spent a long 
time at the Inn today. She was particularly interested in the fire- 
places, their approximate size and also the furnishings of the fireplace 
such as toasters, foot v;armers, kettles, the crane etc. Miss Stearns 
is launched on an interesting project. She has bought an old house in 
her tiny home town which she is converting into a Community House. Here 
the women of the town will have their hand crafts, the men their 
business meetings and the children their parties and social activities. 
There will be a caretaker and Miss Stearns -Till furnish the house with 
surplus things from her family home - very old tldngs v>tiich iave been 
stored in the attic for years. She gave us a very cordial invitation 
to cone to see her when the Community Center is finished. 

A guest, teacher, from Princeton, New Jersey today told us 
that he has just retirrned from Manchuria. 


Saturday, Dec 9, 1939 Cloudy 

Gome very attractive little girls came for luncheon 
this noon. Tvro mothers accompanied them. They were unusually 
polite and v/ell behaved. There were five children under the name 
of Lo^rry, 

Six young men and women held a birthday oartj for one of 
their group in the old kitchen this evening. There was a cake ^-ith candles 
and a gay time ensued. This reservation W£S placed in the name of 

A very straight, white haired lady sat on the sofa in the 
Parlor this afternoon. She sat in the corner facing a blue vase of 
vari colored carnations I'^iiich had been put on top of the Daniel 
Webster desk. "That is a picture" our guest said - looking a^t the 
flowers - "that vdll last me a long time. I carry pictures in my 
mind. I keep them and cherish them. They give me a great deal of 
pleasure. That picture of the carnations in that particular vase 
is a beautiful on^. indeed." 


Simday, Dec 10, 1939 Cloudy and warm 

Every year the Secretai^^ of the Wedg^Tood Club presents the 
Inn with a copy of "Old Wedgwood" the annual report of the Club. 
"Old Wedgwood" is more than an ordinary annual report. It tells us 
in an interesting and enlightening way what subject is discussed at 
each meeting. For instance there is an account of the meeting 
devoted to: "Some sources of Wedgwood's Designs and Techniques" — 
the designs inspired by Nature, by the work of Silversmiths and by 
ancient art. Many of the classic motives seen on Wedgwood's Jaspar 
waiewere taken from paintings v/hich cane to light at Pompeii and 
Herculeaneum during excavations in the 18th century. Wedgv^ood was 
also a life long student of nature. Flowers, fruits, leaves, berries, 
etc. gave him many ideas for forms sjid decorations. In roading this 
small but meaty booklet you feel that 7/<5dgwood was truly the greatest 
ceramic artist of his time. His own personal life is thdstory of 
struggle against physical snd financial handicaps. He rose to great 
heights as a master craftsman and friend to all mankind. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gorley - President and Secretary of the 
Vi'edgwood Club respectively, deserve a great deal of credit in putting 
the organization on a Vasis of high attainment. It has vran the respect 
and admiration of collectors and librarians all over the United States 
as well as in England. 

fie do not want to make this a too lengthy report, but vrould 
like to add that Mrs. Gorley came to the Inn today to present us with 
the 1939 issue of "Old 7/edgvraod". 

Monday, Dec 11, 1939 Snov/ and sleet 

"lou won't get a more wintry day all winter than today" 
said one of our guests stamping snow off his boots as he came in by 
the open fire. Guests and hostesses have all huddled around the fire 
today - except for a few minutes to view the stc^^i from the windows. 
It has been a wet snow - and towards night froze so as to make travellirg 
difficult and unsafe. Four young people - two couples came in for 
dinner at 7:30 and spent the evening here. 

Tuesday, Dec 12, 1939 Clear, cold 

Miss Angelina Plana of the Italian Department at Wellesley 
College brought three of her students to the Inn this afternoon. 
The visit was inspired by a book T/hich Miss Plana has written called 
"La Ciiltura Anericana 1' Italia" meaning the story of I8th and 19th 
century Italians in America. Included in those mentioned in the book 
is our Luigi Monti, "Young Sicilian" in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. 
When Miss Plana mentioned His in her class she asked hov/ many had been 
to the Inn. The result was the ejfCpedition today under Mss Plana' s 
direction. The group enjoyed tea, then spent a good deal of time in 
the Parlor examining some original manuscript li^tters of Llr. Monti and 
also his picture \ahich hangs in the corner of the room. Miss Plana 
furnished us with some new information about Luigi Monti. She told us 
of his connection with Harvard University - that he took the place of 
Professor Pietro Bachi who was the first to teach Italian at Harvard. 


Tuesday, Dec 12 - continued 

The dining porch was" the setting for a party this evening 
which numbered 22 guests, employees in the City Hall in Marlboro. 
The occasion had a Christmas air about it. The porch was 
decorated vdth a few greens and red berries. 

Wednesday, Dec 13, 1939 Cloudy 

About once a week for the past four weeks we have en- 
tertained a gentleman who is known to us as Mr. Draper. Other than 
recording his name, there is little to tell about him. He apparently 
enjoys the Inn and its surroundings- but as yet y/e do not feel more 
than slightly acquainted, tte came again today. 

Dr. Hayden - of vdiat Miss Fielding calls the "Professors 
Group" v;as also a guest today, ^e generally comes with Professor 
Schell's group on the third Tuesday of each month. Once Dr. Hayden 
came and stayed three days while writing a book. We feel we know 
him well. He is a handsome young man and always kind and gracious. 

Thursday, Dec 14-, 1939 Pleasant 

Work on the new chapel is progressing rapidly. We learned 
today that the two center girts have been put in. Also the sills. 
The joists will be placed within the next day or two. Groups of 
boys from the Boys School are working nov; on the Chapel along with 
the carpenters. Mr. Sennott says that before the chapel is completed 
everyone connected '..ith the Inn and s- hools •111 have had a part in 
the construction of the building. Children of the Mary Lfonb and 
Southwest Schools, the hostesses and others connected v;iti the Inn 
family have all laid a stone in the foundation. 

Friday, Dec 15, 1939 Plea sant 

Friday never fails to be an interesting day. It is dancing 
class day for our school children, the younger children coming *n the 
afternoon and the boys at night. VJhen they come there is a liv^^iness 
to the house, we hear their young voices and their light steps. In 
the Ball-room they swing their partners in a Quadrille, The piano 
and violin are heard in favorite waltzes. The guests are interested. 
Friday is"school day" at the Inn and today was no exception. On the 
way out the children stopped to watch the hostesses working on 
Christmas favors. The children made some suggestions and vrere curious 
to know what kind of candy is to be put in the bell shaped holders. 


Saturday, Dec 16, 1939 Partly cloudy 

Longfellow with his latindly benevolent eyes, looked down upon 
our little guest today. Hie glanced from his picture in the ha^ and 
heard her say: "I want to see the man who looks like Santa Claus". We 
coiild almost aee a smile behind the long v^hite beard. The poet's 
love for little children is beautifully expressed in his - 

"Come to me, ye children 

And whisper in my ear 
Viihat the birds and the winds 

are singing 
In yovT smmy atmosphere". 


Sunday, Dec. 17, 1939 Cloxdy - rain 

The Craige House - Longfellov^'s home in Cambridge is the 
subject of a nexi booklet written by Ur. ^enry WadsT7orth Longfellow 
Dana. Today the grandson of the poet was a dinner guest and brought 
several copies of his ^ork T7hich he presented to the Inn. The 
story of Longfellow's coming to the Craige House is one of great 
interest. He was a young professor at Harvard then and lodged in a 
few rooms in the old mansion. He vnrites to his sister in Portland: 
"I dwell like an Italian Prince in his villa". Longfellow v/as very 
fond of Craige Rouse, ^e gradually acquired more rooms and finally, 
after IjIts. Craige 's death the whole house. The book does not take 
you further than this point. It covers only foiu* years. But more 
booklets will continue the story and ultimately cover the whole history 
of the Craige House. IJr. Henry Yifadsrrorth Longfellow Dana had as 
guests today his Secretary and wife and Dr. John van Schaick. 

Monday, Dec. 18, 1939 Partly cloudy 

The ?:hole Inn household has been buzzing today in preparation 
for Christmas. Hostesses are working on the bell shaped favors. 'he 
pattern chosen is simple in appearance but somewhat complicated v;hen 
the actual vrork begins. The "bells" have reached the point v/here the 
finishing touch is being put on - namely, a tiny sprig of holly. This 
has to be pulled through and wound and tied twice before it looks 
just right. 

The girls in the dining room are busily engaged in sewing 
red stockings together v.'ith green yarn. This is done with the 
"Blanket" stitch. 

The houseman is connecting v/ires from one point to another 
which \Yill eventually light the candles in each window of the Inn. 

The boys in the school and workmen on the farm are gathering 
in the greens which will be used throughout the house for decoration. 

Tueddiay, Dec 19, 1939 Pleasant 

At noontime the large dining room v^as filled with 160 
women of the Outdoor Sports Club of Worcester having a luncheon 
and meeting here today. The company adjoiirned to the large Ball room 
where an especially fine entertainment was provided, llr, Edv/ard F. 
Payne known as "Billy the Boy Artist',' made some clever drawings while 
reciting excerpts fron Dickens. The drav/ings depicted familiar 
characters such as Pickwick, Sam V/eller, Mrs. Macawber and Martin 
Chuzzlewit. Ivlr. Payne in doing two things at once - reciting and 
drawing, charmed the audience and many outbursts of laughter were 
heard. The caricature of Sairey Gamp was especially amusing. All 
the sketches were done with colored crayon. The meeting adjourned with 
the singing of Auld Lang Syne. Many members of the Club were dressed 
in Colonial costume . '^oop skirts and bonnets predominated v;hile a 
few ventured forth in gQntlemens attire. 

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Tuesday, Dec. 19 - continued 

It seems almost impossible to believe that the ex Chancellor 
of Germany Henrich Bruening was actually a guest in the house this 
evening, Ke was honor guest in Professor Schell's group and sat at 
the head of the dinner table ■srhere we could see his well-shaped bald 
head and the finely cut features of his face. h. blond, T/earing bone 
rimmed glasses, he was smiling and kindly. After dinner he came into 
the Bar-room and shovred considerable interest in our Revolutionary 
musket vrith the proraisory note accompanying it. He registered in our 
Special guest book whire names of distinguished persons from far and 
near regardless of race or creed are inscribed. Professor Schell 
told us that the Chancellor's conversation at dinner revealed the 
fact that the""^ "'pa very rapid turnover of money in Germany at the 
present time. No one is allowed to have money in his pocket for any 
length of time. After v.'ages are paid the German citizen is required to 
put practically all his "ncome back into the Bank in one way or another-r- 
taxes, food alotments etc. He has nothing left for his personal use. 

Around the firplace in the Kitchen of our old Ne^7 England Inn 
on this peaceful Winter night the ex-Chancellor of Germany talked of his 
own coimtry, of Europe, of the hearts and souls of the people there — 
and of War. Bruening was Chancellor of Germany 1930-32. 

V/ednesday, Dec. 20, 1939 Rain 

Mrs. J. H. Stutesman our overnight guest tonight is a winter 
sports enthusiast. She is on her Tray to the ?/hite Mountains where she 
expects to spend the holidays in skiing. In past years Wars. Stutesman 
has spent Christmas in Sv/itzerland. She is seeking an inexpensive Inn 
in the mountains and has engaged lessons v.dth an expert Swedish instructor, 
She predicts that '^nch inexpensive jjicturesque Inns as she has seen in 
Switzerland will soon be spotting the winter landscape in our New England 
hills . 

llrs . Stutesman left a very interesting catalogue of the 
Metropolitan Museum v.ath us. "^t describes ith pictures the exliibit 
called "Paintings of Life in America" which was held in New York during 
the period of the World's Fair. 

The Christmas Pageant which was to have been held this evening 
has been postponed until tomorrow due to a heavy rain storjn. 


Thursday, Dec 21, 1939 Pleasant 

The Christmas Pageant took place tonight having been 
postponed from last evening because of rain. The weather was 
clear and not too cold, '-^'he general opinion seemed to be that 
the Pageant was more beautifuj. this year than ever before. 
There were some innovations. The Inn from which Marj^ and Joseph 
were turned away was depicted and the shepherds tending their 
flocks were shown with live sheep. A more detailed account of 
the pageant is gien in the ver;^- good newspaper article on the 
next page. 

Many of our dinner guests attended the Pageant. The 
Rev. Mr. Condit and his wife came for dinner and spent the 
night at the Inn. They were joined at dinner by the Rev. Mr. Bunker 
from Concord - all going at 8 o'clock to see the Pageant. Miss 
Joan Dieffenbach arrived from New Jersey just in time to see "^he 
Pageant. Mr. Condit was so impressed with the beauty of the . 
lighted Inn with its wreaths and Christmas trees that he took one of 
the hostesses and Miss Dieffenbach for a ride along the main highway 
to get what he considered the best view of the Inn. It was a warming 
and inspiring sight in its holiday attire. Many say say that it 
looks like a picture on a Christmas card. 

A group from the Tax Department of the City of Worcester 
had a Christmas party here ttiis evening. Mr, Bowker, our Saturday 
night guest who is a Tax Consultant and v/ell acquainted with this 
group, came early in the day and brought a decorated cake to be 
placed in the center of the table as a surprise. The cake decoration V7as 
beautifully done in pastel shades on a white background and the 
lettering stated that the cake vras presented to the "Robbing Department 
of the City of Worcester by ^ublic Enemy No. 1." Mr. Bowker also 
left a list of questions and ansv/ers to be read to the jjiroup. The 
questions were pertinent to the members of the party and their work and 
were received in a spirit of fun. 

See Next Page . 


Thursday, Dec 21, 1939 - continued 

But the two wanderers, turned away 
from the inn, a handsomely carpentered 
facade, remarkably representative of 
what the ancient structure was believed 
to be like, moved on towards the only 
other accommodatione. With the skill 
taught them by their instructors, the 
youths transformed what in the sum- 
mer is a vegetable stand, into a man- 
ger. Here the weary sojourners came 
to -rest, as the spotlight brilliantly illu- ■ 
mined the scene in the heart of all the ■ 
world at this seasbn of (he year. Shep- 
herds are seen coming from afar and 
angele approaching proclaimed the 
coming of tbe Christ child. 

Live Sheep Add to Realism 

Meanwhile the chorus had taken up 
the story beginning with "God Rest. 
You Merry Gentlemen" on to "Come 
AH Ye Faithful," "Little Town of Beth- 
lehem," and now "It Came Upon a 
Midnight Clear." As the shepherds 
clustered around the crib the voices of 
the chorus arose in a majestic halle- 
lujah singing "Glory to God." Then 
the kings were seen approaching bring- 
ing frankincense, myrrh and gold, and 
placing a chest of treasures before the 
crib. The angels raised their voices 
in song and the chorus took up the 
phrase, "While Shepherds Watch Their 
Flocks." A note of pure realism was 
brought into the scene by the presence 
of several real sheep from the Ford 
farm. There was the singing of the 
23d Psalm and the carol, "Three Kings 
of the Orient." 

Then in a mighty finale with the 
entire cast centred around the crib, the 
brilliant, costumes of the wise men, 
the Virgin Mary, calmly and reverenly 
hovering over the Christ-child, the 
chorus of voices filled the air of the 
Ford fields with the rendition of "Silent 
Night." Then slowly, the pageant, now 
over, dissolved. Behind the mere 30 
minutes of the performance was, of 
course, the directing intelligence of 
Ralph J. Sinnott. and the six instruc- 
tors of the school, who for more than 
three weeks had toiled with the 51 mem- 
bers of he cast for this half-hour. 

The participants in the pageant 
ranged in ages from 13 to 18 and were 
selected from all of the Xew England 
States being given a scientific agricul- 
tural education on the bounty of Mr. 
Ford. While Mr. Ford was not present, 
in the gathering were spectators from 
points as far out as Lexington. Way- 
land, Waltham and Boston. Upwards 
of 300 automobiles lined the Ford high- 
way that passed in front of the inn and 
South Sudbury. 

Besides Miss Alice Sennott. as Mary, 
other members of the cast were as fol- 

Arnold Church, shepherd; Kenneth 
Townsend, angel; Floyd Noyes, king; 
Jerold Wood, shepherd; Richard Brown, 
Joseph; Allen Ziehler. king; Roland 
Canessa, angel; Kenneth Butler, king; 
Leroy Benson, shepherd. 

Wayside Inn School 
Bpvs Give Pageant 

Boys of the l-ord-endowed Wayside Inn Boys' School in a scene from their 
Christmas pageant presented before more than 800 ':i?t night. ; 

Before a gathering of more than 800 
of Henry Ford's Wayside neighbors, 
and othei-6 driving up from surrounding 
cities, towns and villages, 51 boys of 
the Ford endowed Wayside Inn Boys' 
School, put on in costume an old Eng- 
lish version of the pageant of the na- 
tivity that enthralled folk who for 
almost 10 years had come to look 
forward to this spectacle as an annual 
event. On some clear /acres alongside 
the historically unique "General Store" 
which years ago Mr. Ford had trans- 
ported from Sudbury Centre to its , 
present site within three-quarters of 
a mile of the famous Wayside Inn in 
Sou^h Sudbury, the boys had fabricated 
a section of Bethlehem, and caught by 
the spiritual mood of the Yuletide, rev- 
erently recreated the nativity in tab- 

From a tall support hidden far in | 
the foreground a powerful floodlight 
played upon the picture as the Biblical 
personages moved solemnly into the 
drama of the nativity. Off on one side ! 
a superbly trained chorus of about 40 
boy voices related in the language of 
the Christmas carol the story unfold- 
ing itself in the pageant. Each of the 
10 carols portrayed a revealing portion 
of the story. A herald first announced 
the "coming of Christ" whereupon 
Mary, played by .\lice Sennott, the 
sweet-faced young daughter of Ralph J. 
Sennott, the general manager of the 
Ford properties here, and the only girl 
in the cast, trudged wearily towards 
the inn at Bethlehem. Beside her 
walked Joseph, a strong and comfort- 
ing figure. 


Friday, Dec 22, 1939 Pleasant 

The large Ball-room was again the scene of our annual 
Christmas party. It ^~as held this evening in anticipation of the 
arrival of oTjr friend Santa Glaus. The children from the Wayside 
Inn schools, their parents, the Inn personal and other friends 
arrived at 8 o'clock and sang carols v;hile all eyes were cast on 
the artificial chimney dov/n which Santa Glaus was expected to come 
at any minute. He came - just at the right time and was greeted 
by cheering and hand clapping. Then he walked over to the large 
tree - brilliant ;vith colored lights and found there a pile of 
packages wrapped in gay Christmas paper. These, Santa distributed 
to the children. He also found a huge basket filled v.ith stocking- 
bags of candy and presented one to each boy and girl. Then he was 
off. The party ended v^'ith ice cream and cake served to all. 

Saturday, Dec 23, 1939 Pleasant 

Eight little boys from Brookline came to see the house 
today. Their bright eyes looked up at the ^""ostess as she told the 
story and one boy in particular listened to everything that was 
said. He said a few things himself, ^e wanted to know if the 
Santa Glaus -v'sho visited the Inn last evening was the same Santa Glaus 
he had seen in the stores. All the boys were interested and quiet. 
They v^ent from here to the Mill and Schoolhouse. 

We had an unusual treat this morning. Our overnight guests. 
Commander and Mrs. ^'Wse from New London, Conn, brought their ^-let 
\?ith them. They kept him in a small, especially built cage which 
fitted into a suit case. Inside the cage, apparently unperturbed 
by his travelling expedition was a beautiful gray parrot\. He wanted 
to show off, he likes attention but just would not talk. Commander 
Morse explained that the parrot\ is their boss. In buying a house or 
in travelling, everything considered centers around the pe4-.^W«r<^ . 

Mss Ann Dieffenbach joined her sister this evening. They 
will be with us until the end of next week. 


Sunday Dec. 24., 1939 Pleasant 

Christmas eve at the Wayside Inn! All is calm - all is 
still. The Inn is remote among the wooded hills. The Inn is 
like the Star of Bethlehem on Christmas eve. tt is a guiding light 
to travellers from afar - and like the Star, it too is a Symbol of 
Peace on Earth - Goodrdll to Men. We wish everybody in the World 
could see the Inn this Christmas night, 1939* this year when men are 
at Y/ar. To see the Inn, nestled \mder the moon is to see Peace on 
earth. It is seen in the very line of the Gambrel roof - It bursts 
forth from the candle light in every tiny window. Every wreath and 
Christmas tree are here to say it - and off in the distance we hear 
it - Peace on Earth, Good Will toward IJen. Its coming closer - we 
hear singing voices. Some young people from the village church are 
on the doorstep. Now the air is filled with "It came upon the Ivlid- 
night Clear". Hostesses and guests listen and then invite the 
serenaders to corae in. They are cold. They warm themselves by the 
fire - about 12 young people-and partake of hot cocoa. Then in front 
of the fire they sing again "0 Little Town of Bethlehem". Miss 
Fisher sings alone. After an hour or so they depart. We hear them 
on their way going tov;ards home. Dimly now the words come - - - 
Peace on Earth and Good will ----- 

The Boston Herald reports a fire last night in the Elks 
Home, Somerville. This was formerly the home of Mary Sawyer - 
Mary in the poem of "^ary Had a Little Lamb" . Damage to the home 
was estimated at $20,000. 

Monday, Dec. 25, 1939 Pleasant 

And no?/ we turn the page to Christmas day and in a lighter 
vein we find the symbol of the day is a Christmas Bell. . ringing 
sweetly through the air - bringing the glad tidings that Christ is 
born. Inside the Inn there are greens everyvfh'^'f'o - and bright silver 
and red ornaments. On each dinner table is a small red bell filled 
with candy. The guests are gay and there are several family parties. 
This morning the Inn fainily had a Christmas tree. Hostesses, girls in 
the pantry and all from the Kitchen gathered in the Bar room where a 
small tree was laden with fifts - not large expensive gifts, but little 
things carrying a lot of good cheer to every one. There was much gaiety 
and laughter as the poem or verse accompanying each §ift vas read. 
Pewter bowls filled rdth colorfiJ. Christmas ribbon candy were placed 
on the tables here a.nd there and a long vrhite stocking with red heel 
and toe was hung "by the side of the fireplace. Red candles v;ere in 
every candle holder. The spirit of Chiistmas abounds everywhere. May 
the message of the Christmas bellr ring true in the heaxts of all at 
the Wayside Inn today. 


Tuesday, Dec 26, 1939 


Mr. R. E. Finn of Nev; York City and hie sisterwere here 
today in a kind of anniversary celebration. It was a year ago 
that this brother and sister met for the first time in 22 years. 
They came to the Inn as part of their celebration and came again 
this year beacuase of pleasant memories and association. Mr. Firm 
said: "I Yfill always have a v;arm spot in my heart for the 
Wayside Inn". 

Wednesday, Dec, 27, 1939 


Now that Christinas is over we find that people are enter- 
taining friends and families from out of town and T;ant to bring 
them to see the Wayside Inn. Consequently there were a good many 
people here today. The guest book reveals that the following 
states were represented. 

New York 




Connatrfe 4»«4 







Thursday, Dec. 28, 1939 


A very smiling San ta Claus with ^^ite whiskers spread all 
over his face was the jolly greeting v;e received today from our little 
friend Jane Withers of Hollywood. It was addressed to the^Personnel 
of Wayside Inn and as each one opened the card and found there the 
message "Wishing you a jolly Christmas and a Gay and Happy New Year" she 
said "That looks and sounds just like Jane!" Needless to say we were 
all very much pleased to be remembered by this little actre^rs. She 
visited the Inn last October 19th. 

Friday, Dec. 29, 1939 


Miss Joan Dieffenbach reluctantly left the Inn today to go 
back to her tax collecting in Norv/ood, N. J., and, as she said, to 
look forward to Christmas, "-9^0 at thw Wayside Inn. She and her sister 
expressed their gratitude ior the entertainment given them during their stay, 
and particularly for last evenings "fun". They were our only overnight 
guests, so after the last dinner guest had gone, we gathered in the barroom, 
threw some extra logs on the fire, and settled down for a real family evening. 

Friday, Dec. 29, 1939 Cont'd 

Uiss Anne Dieffenbach has a unique way of telling a story. She 
recounted various incidents of their early days in Nev; York City when they 
lived in the German settlement of Harlem, and of the changes that have 
taken place there since their girlhood. Jiliss Fisher brought down her 
Victrola and played Flagstadt records and the complete selections from 
7falt Disney's Snow White. Then we[Drought forth the surprise of the 
evening - cookie dough, previously prepared in the kitchen, to be baked in 
the cookie iron over the fireplace. So we greased and heated the 
cookie iron and took turns making cookies and trying to see who could turn 
out the most perfect one. 

Saturday, Dec. 30, 1939 Sunshine after snc^fall 

We awoke this morning to snow. Five inches of it h d quietly 
fallen thru the night. Our overnight guests v/ere delighted to see the 
inn in it's winter setting. 

Mr. and Utrs. Bowker came as usual for their Saturday evening 
dinner. Mr. Bowker brought his camera to take moonlight pictiu^es of the 
inn in the snow and with it's holiday lighting. 

Ulrs. Elderkin, who formerly taught dancing here, arranged for one 
of her dancing groujs to have their New Year's party here this evening. 
There were sixty nine guests. They came for dinner at eight, (some in 
costijmes of other days) and danced until twelve. The Misses Dieffenbach, 
Mr. and Llrs, Bowker, and the hostesses were invited by Mrs. Elderkin to 
look on at the dancing. 


Sunday, December 31, 1939 C loudy in morning- 

Clearing toward night. 

Mss Anne Dieffenbach left us today, wishing us a 
happy Nev; Year and hoping to be with us to \7atch 194-0 out as she 
has 1937, 1938, and 1939- 

Today our book registers visitors from - 
Florence, S.C. 
Paris, Texas 
Bay City, r.lichigstn 
Shanghai , China 
San Juan, Puerto Rica 

Departing guests extend ?;ishes for a happy New 
Year, with regrets for the world conditions 1939 bas given us, 
and with hopes that 194-0 may be the beginning of a Nevji Year, 
a new decade, and a new era of happier times. 

Monday, January 1st, 1940 Fair 

Hew Years Day - blue skies, brilliant sunshine , 
glistening snov/. Quite a busy day at the inn for winter 
weather . 

A guest came to the hostess in the barroom, beaming 
with enthusiasm because he had discovered our two ribbon- 
backed Chippendale Chairs on the second floor. He then 
told her about his home. The house is not an old one but a 
reproduction of an early American home. He has quite a 
collection of antiques v:hich v;ere handed dovTn^ in his wife's 
family, araong them a ribbon back Chippendale chair. He said 
they are rare, and it is a rare treat to come upon two of them 
unexpectedly. He then brought forth a stereoscope 
and showed a picture of a corner of one of his rooms containing 
the ribbonback Chippendale. The picture is exceptionally 
clear and he explained that he had a three dimensional camera to 
talce these stereoptican views. 

Tuesday, January 2, 194-0 Pleasant 

One of our Boston and Worcester bus drivers brought a 
friend to see the inn . The driver is a middle aged man of the 
"old school". He tried to express what his first visit to the 
inn meant to him. He said it v/as like something fancied 
becoming real. As a child he played the game of authors, and 
one of the cards had a picture of the 7/ayside Inn. The picture 
always fascinated him. He thought of it in a story book v/ay with 
no idea of it's reality. It \7as after LIr. Ford took over